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April 15, 2005

A Happy Ending?

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Sarah Foster from WND gives an update on the Magouirk case:

It appears there will be a happy ending to the story of Ora Mae Magouirk, the 81-year-old Georgia widow whose family has been at loggerheads over her medical care, visitation privileges and whether she should be "allowed to die" but now is reaching agreements on key issues. more

Posted by tim at April 15, 2005 1:15 AM

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I wouldn't call this "A Happy Ending" quite yet. There are a few more hurdles to pass through first.

Posted by: Anna_Nordin at April 15, 2005 7:56 AM

It's good that the visitation privileges are working out, but that's really all that this article is about. The real question will be...where will Mae go when she's discharged from the hospital? And how will she be cared for there?

I'm waiting to see how that plays out. _Plus_ the permanent guardianship issue. After all, the temporary guardianship expires in 45 days. I can well imagine Beth Gaddy's lawyer pointing out to her that it will make her case for permanent guardianship look poor if she's been vindictive to the other relatives in the meanwhile. What she will do if she gets permanent guardianship is an entirely different question.

The post-er with the handle Creature of Habit has been telling everybody that the Mullinax folks need to get themselves fully prepared for the permanent guardianship hearing, with facts and everything, because that's where it will all happen, and that will provide the set-up for what happens from then on out. Here I think he's right, and if the Mullinax crew need to get "two law students and an organ-grinder's monkey" (as he's suggested) just to do some old-fashioned leg-work, then they should do it. Beeee prepared.

Posted by: Lydia at April 15, 2005 12:43 PM

Actually, the duration of the temporary guardianship is at most 45 days. Once the hearing about permanent guardianship takes place, it's automatically dissolved.

Up until that point, my guess would be that Beth gets to decide, since both parties did support the fact that Mae is mentally disabled so I'm not all sure if she at this point has any say over what happens to herself and unless I missed it somewhere, it's still unclear whether or not she actually still posseses the mental capacity to make decisions about her own person.

If she at any level is still capable of understanding what's going on, I'd hope and assume her wishes get heard and considered. I guess that would preferably happen through an attorney of her own.

Posted by: Vanessa at April 15, 2005 12:56 PM

Rae S.

Saw your comment under another article and thought to respond to it here in case you come along and see it. I agree that the first thing to do is forgive ms. But did you know that in the Catholic Church public sinners need to do public penence? MS commited one of the most grave sins of all, not only in public, but before the world at large. He must be placed as a beacon on a hill so that all who watched him murder his wife will also see the consequences of his actions, lest they get the idea that they can do this, too. You are right that we must do the right thing for the right reason and this is an area that we must all search our hearts over. Man's anger does not work God's justice, but God's justice will be done sooner or later. In my opinion sooner, here and now, is best because this is an issue that is going to reverberate for years to come, and what becomes of ms will determine a lot of things...here and now.

Posted by: mary et. al. at April 15, 2005 2:30 PM