April 17, 2005
Just got back from the Vigil for Clara MartinezTopics:
The good thing is...Clara was given nutrition again yesterday (don't know what time) after an agency got involved, but we don't know which one, or any of the details. She had been on water only for 35 days. (According to Pastor Espinoza) The young lady told me that the Martinez family is travelling in from all around the country to..."make a decision". So although nutrition has been restored to Clara, it appears as though this isn't over.
The vigil began at about 3:00. I got there at about 2:00, and there were already representatives there from two different hispanic media sources. We were getting to know one another and sharing small talk, and they were very protective over their space. When I walked back to my car to get my camera, one of them was on the phone with someone trying to figure out who blogsforterri were. We then talked a little bit about Blogsforterri and Citizens United Resisting Euthanasia. I went for Clara on behalf of Blogsforterri and CURE. I never realized how competitive people from the press are! When they realized that I was just on the internet, they relaxed a little bit.
I noticed a police car down the street, just sitting there observing, as more people gathered. Senator Sandoval has been contacted by CURE, by the hispanic representatives of the media I spoke with: Clemente Nicado at HOY, and Jorge Mederos at La Raza.
Clara had her stroke about a year and a half ago. No one knows if the husband has insurance for her, or what the particulars are about her care, if money is an issue, and so on.
Pastor Espinoza showed up with some of his flock, and someone from inside the house came out and said that everyone must leave. He didn't want anyone on his property. Apparently Clara's husband is a lot like Michael Schiavo, he insists this is a "private family matter" and doesn't want the media involved in any way.
Pastor Espinoza went ahead and conducted a little service celebrating the fact that Clara's nutrition was restored to her and that their prayers were answered.
Jorge Medores from La Raza was very gracious and filled me in, saying that the family doesn't want to talk to anyone from the media, he had been in the house but the family (the husband) forbade him to use the pictures he had taken.
The media is under the impression that she is in a COMA. (I got this from that little gal that suddenly didn't know English anymore.) But then, I also heard representatives of the media complaining in a derogatory way how many church people there were, and wanted to identify who was with them and who wasn't.
We still don't know answers to many questions. Tim hooked me up with questions to ask, and I didn't get the opportunity to speak with anyone from the family or Senator Sandoval.
Because Channel 2, 5, 7, 9 and someone from the Tribune was there and three representatives from three different hispanic news sources, it was virtually a media circus and I didn't get the opportunity to speak with the Pastor privately. I'm going to call him over the next few days to ask him more questions. He is in touch with Clara's mother, apparently not speaking much with the husband.
The media was still there when I left. I want to say HI and thank you to Robert Corey, who came out after reading this at Blogsforterri. It was nice to see a friendly face.
I have pictures and they'll be posted in a day or so at Cao's blog. (Technical difficulty!)
Posted by cao at April 17, 2005 5:45 PM
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