Sunday, April 10, 2005

Good News and Bad News in the Magouirk Situation

Good news: Mae Magouirk has been air-lifted to UAB Medical Center. It appears that this was not a case of starvation and dehydration, but improper feeding and hydration by the hospice. BlogsforTerri has more on the details, particularly what Judge Boyd's understanding of his ruling was.

Bad news: The reason why Ms. Magouirk was placed in the hospice, a facility for the dying, was because Beth Gaddy, the granddaughter with power of attornery, followed doctors' advice and was convinced by the doctors that she was doing the right thing, which led here to make the statement, "Grandmama is old and I think it is time she went home to Jesus. She has glaucoma and now this heart problem, and who would want to live with disabilities like these?"

Yes, there are doctors who fight for life, but this situation is all too common. What is most insidious about this is that our culture is increasingly placing medical doctors in the role of deciding what "quality of life" is worth sustaining, something for which they are not qualified.

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