Watch out for those elementary school teachers.
Woman killing grandmother
The old lady has a living will, specified that a feeding tube should only be removed if she is comatose or in a vegetative state, a granddaughter who has no power of attorney to make this decision ordered the tube pulled, the hospice accepted the grandmother and happily pulled her feeding tube even though she was not terminally ill, comatose, in a vegetative state or suffering from dementia. The grandmother who is being killed as we speak has glaucoma and an aortic condition. Her cardiologist maintains that her aortic condition is contained and is not life threatening.
The granddaughter, Beth Gaddy - an elementary school teacher - had this to say:
"Grandmama is old and I think it is time she went home to Jesus," Gaddy told Magouirk's brother and nephew, McLeod and Ken Mullinax. "She has glaucoma and now this heart problem, and who would want to live with disabilities like these?"
Apparently this kind of thing is happening in hospice care centers all over America. Scary.
UPDATE: Grandma has been airlifted to a medical center and is receiving IV fluids and nourishment.
Grandma is saved
Hope she ends up okay. My new question is this: Does having a living will help? Can it be so easy to disregard what a person's wishes are? Perhaps the fact that this woman had a living will contributed to saving her. She went an awful long time without hydration or nutrition though. The fact that this is a common occurance disturbs me. How is it that hospice care centers can easily take in a person who is not terminal and even more easily pull the feeding tube and administer morphine? I still think it's scary.
Another Update Apparently there is quite the controversy surrounding this story - with accusations being thrown that a nephew, Ken Mullinax, has some sort of political motivation for going to the press about this. I can't make head nor tail out of it. What exactly he has gained by doing this no-one can say. This is per Patterico