July 26, 2005
Maria Korp sentenced to deathTopics:
As Maggie reported in the thread below, the latest news on Maria Korp is not good.
Maria Korp, for those who may have forgotten, is the lady who was found in the trunk of a car and whose husband, with his girlfriend, is suspected of attempting to murder her.
The Public Advocate in her part of Australia has decided that she is to die of dehydration. Her feeding tube is to be removed.
Here is the URL with all the information I have on this latest development.
Maria did not have a living will, and she is known to have been a devout Catholic. Her husband's motives in opposing her death have been questioned, inasmuch as he may well have injured her in the first place and may want to avoid further charges. However, there is absolutely no evidence that she "would have wanted this," and whatever his motives, his point about her religious commitment seems relevant to the question of her wishes. That, of course, is aside from the fact that no one--not even those who "would have wanted it"--should be killed by dehydration.
This article leaves several questions unanswered:
--Earlier reports had stated that Maria was on a ventilator and had only a 50/50 chance of survival if it was removed. Has it been removed already? If not, will it be removed now along along with the feeding tube? Or will they carefully keep her breathing going so that her death is sure to take at least 10-14 days?
--When is her death by dehydration scheduled to begin?
--Is there any process of appeal available?
The article states that the Advocate is going to make a statement on the Korp case this evening. Please, readers, put any further information you are able to gain, including a URL for the further statement should you find it, into the comments spot. I will, of course, update if I find out more.
Update: Our alert readers have found lots of additional information. Read the thread for all of it. Maria was weaned off the ventilator some time ago. (Apparently this evidence of improvement isn't good enough for the Public Advocate.) Her first day without tube feedings is July 27. Read the thread for on-going updates.
Posted by lydia at July 26, 2005 2:29 PM
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