April 12, 2005
OPINION: On Ken Mullinax's email, Beth Gaddy, and other matters.Topics: Commentary
Received this email from Ken Mullinax as an update(see extended post). It does not appear to be a response to Judge Boyd's comments that were posted yesterday.
First my OPINION on the matter(this is a blog - that's allowed here).
From reading through some of the comments in previous posts, it is my opinion that some folks may be looking at trees and missing the forest. An 81 year-old woman has what appears to be a treatable aortic dissection, and two out of three physicians seem to agree with this since Mae has been removed from the hospice and is now at UAB Medical Center in Alabama. The granddaughter is one of the heirs to her grandmother's estate, hence there is an apparent conflict of interest. The fact that the grandmother was placed in a hospice by Beth Gaddy speaks volumes about Beth Gaddy's intentions, since there is no reason to place someone in a hospice except for them to die(it's the law). One does not receive medical evaluation and treatment for an aortic dissection, or anything else for that matter, in a hospice. When BlogsForTerri or any group that supports life and is against euthanasia receives information that a life is in danger by being placed in a hospice - our first concern is to always err on the side of life. Life is a correctable situation, death is not.
So far, Ken Mullinax's concern that Beth Gaddy was not acting in a manner that supported Mae's best chances for survival and continued life, however long that may be, does not appear to be misplaced. Anyone with a financial interest in someone else's death should not be qualified to judge when that person will die and whether or not justified and required medical treatment should be withheld - as is the case when someone is placed in a hospice. Our concern here at BlogsforTerri is not the interests of one side of the family or the other. Our only concern is that a life is not snuffed out in a hospice, and that a living person receives adequate nutrition and hydration until the very last minute of life when that person dies a natural death. Until such time that Beth Gaddy sees to it that all the family can see and have access to Mae, and until such time that medical experts that are not euthanasia advocates determine the best placement for Mae, then I plan to continue questioning Beth Gaddy's motives. That is not a witch hunt - frankly, regarding that point, that dog just ain't gonna hunt!
Mae does not presently require any form of life support; FOOD AND WATER ARE NOT LIFE SUPPORT. Mae may eventually die from her aortic dissection, she may also die of old age. It's not for Beth Gaddy, BlogsForTerri, Judge Boyd, Ken Mullinax, or anyone else to determine how and when she will die. For that, we will leave up to the Lord.
I plan to continue to support anyone that supports allowing folks to die a peaceful and natural death - one that does not involve being starved and dehydrated to death, or even being given "inadequate" nutrition and hydration. As long as a living person is willing and able to take-in nutrients and liquids, however they get it - I will continue to support it. Take it or leave it, that is my position - period. AND I plan to fight euthanasia of the infirmed, the elderly, the disabled, and the unborn until the day I die.
- via Email: Comments by Ken Mullinax regarding Judge Boyd.
I've just finished 10 minutes on the national radio show hosted by Michael Reagan show... at approximately 5:45PM CST. He plans to follow my Aunt's plight and do a follow up segment on it.
Posted by richard at April 12, 2005 7:15 AM
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