April 8, 2005
So, WHERE are the DOCTORS?Topics:
I just talked with Kenneth a bit ago. His mother is still in ICU but is stable. She told him to not worry about her today, but to go save her sister, Mae. Kenneth has not slept since Thursday morning and has been working non-stop to SAVE MAE. He is very grateful to ALL of YOU working so hard for Mae. He also shared that he felt this article got the facts right:
Found at LaGrange Daily News
By: Joel Martin
Kenneth Mullinax, the patient's nephew in Birmingham, Ala., said a hospice nurse told him that Magouirk had not received substantial nourishment since March 28. He wants a temporary feeding tube inserted until she can be evaluated for treatment at the University of Alabama Medical Center. A living will states that nourishment should be withheld only if she were in a coma or vegetative state with no hope of recovery.
Mullinax and the patient's brother and sister Lonnie Ruth Mullinax of Birmingham and A.B. McLeod of Anniston, Ala. came here last Friday to arrange for a feeding tube and take her to the Birmingham hospital. That same day Gaddy received emergency guardianship in Troup County Probate Court.
At a follow-up hearing Monday, the parties reached a settlement that awarded guardianship to Gaddy provided three cardiologists James Brennan and Thomas Gore, both of LaGrange, and Raed Aquel of Birmingham evaluate the patient, who would receive whatever treatment two of the three recommended. A final decision had not yet been reached....
Read the rest
"They were all hugging necks when they left court," said Probate Judge Donald Boyd. "I don¹t know what happened."
Boyd said Gaddy testified at the hearing that she feeds her grandmother Jello, chips of ice and "anything else she'd be willing to eat."
"I think all of Mrs. Magouirk's family has her genuine best interests at heart, but unfortunately they disagree on what they believe would be best for her," said Jack Kirby of LaGrange, attorney for the patient¹s brother and sister.
"She (Gaddy) said, "I think it¹s time she (her grandmother) goes home to Jesus, that¹s she's too sick and would not have a good quality of life," Kenneth Mullinax said.
His complaints have been posted on Internet Web logs that have been in overdrive since the Terri Schiavo case.
"All of the Terri Schiavo people have come to our rescue," Mullinax said. "This thing¹s going national."
On Thursday, the Probate Office, West Georgia Health System and attorneys in the case were inundated with phone calls and e-mails.
"We need people surrounding that place (hospice), we need some activity," one caller from Oregon told the Daily News, adding that she had called the governor¹s office and attorneys in the case.
The probate office got an estimated 50 calls from people saying things like, "I understand y¹all are murdering people in Troup County" and "You¹re euthanizing people."
"We¹re taking the posture of refusing to deal with those people because they¹re not representing the responsible parties," said West Georgia Health System President Jerry Fulks. "We¹re focusing on taking care of the patient and her family."
Fulks said he could not comment on an individual patient, but the health system¹s policy calls for nourishment and hydration for hospice patients, sometimes through a feeding tube because of throat cancer or some other condition that prevents the patient from swallowing.
He said there is a "reverence for life that our staff and our physicians and our volunteers all adhere to in doing the jobs they do."
Mullinax said his aunt does not have a terminal condition, which is a requirement for admission to hospice.
Danny Daniel of LaGrange, the attorney for Gaddy and another grandchild, said doctors made the decision to admit Magourik into hospice.
Gaddy has been taking care of her grandmother for 10 years, he said.
"They¹re following the doctors¹ recommendations and they want to do what¹s in the best interests of their grandmother," Daniel said, adding that hospice is providing "excellent care" for Magourik, a widow with no children.
Gaddy could not be reached for comment.
"The doctors can make her very comfortable again and give her a normal life," Mullinax said. "That¹s all we want for Aunt Mae ... My aunt can¹t live much longer without substantial fluids or nourishment.
"I want the world to know that at Hospice LaGrange you have people who are not terminal being denied nourishment as a matter of course. This national debate has reared its head in Troup County, Georgia. It¹s the damndest thing I¹ve ever seen."
He said he will "pursue every available avenue" to get treatment for his aunt.
Posted by sherri at April 8, 2005 10:59 PM
Articles Related to :