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April 16, 2005

"The Telegraph" covers Magouirk

Topics: News

Although the case seems to be completely solved, it is heartening to see that finally a major newspaper--The Telegraph (in the UK) has taken up the story. Not only did they write about it, but they seem to have gotten all the facts correct. It is also nice that they realized that a living will does not take care of the problems, as the main stream media would like us all to believe.

When Mae Magouirk drew up a living will, she believed that it would protect her in her twilight years and head off any family squabbling over medical care at the end of her life.

For all her precautions, there was no immediate cause for alarm when the 81-year-old widow from Georgia was admitted to hospital recently, suffering heart problems which doctors considered were treatable.

Yet in a case that echoes the debate over the removal of a feeding tube from Terri Schiavo, Mrs Magouirk was starved and dehydrated for 10 days, in contravention of her written instructions, after her grand-daughter became her legal guardian and decided that Mrs Magouirk was "ready to go home with Jesus". Continue reading. . .

Cross posted on: Sounding the Trumpet

Posted by joshua at April 16, 2005 10:09 PM

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Note that by saying "completely solved" I think Joshua is referring to the fact that Mae is in a hospital recovering and the two sides of the family are talking. The immediate danger to her life has been removed.

There remains significant uncertainty about her future care unless guardianship is granted to her closest living relative. Questions about why Mae's life was even put in danger and corresponding accountability also remain open/unanswered.

Posted by: tim at April 17, 2005 4:54 AM

My hope, Tim, is that Mae will remove the grandchildren from any authority whatsoever. I don't know if anyone has approached her about what has been going on, but she knows something has. She knew her sister hadn't been around. Sooner or later this will be addressed by Mae even if no one has the courage to bring it up. As Terri said, where there is life there is hope.

Do you ever sleep?

Posted by: mary et. al. at April 17, 2005 10:44 AM