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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Watch out for those elementary school teachers.

This is a bizarre story coming on the heels of Terri Schiavo's fight for life.

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


Blogger Abe said...

After seeing your post I did one of my own on this case.

09 April, 2005 13:00  
Blogger Steve Donohue said...

Come on Mama, can't you recognize Progressive values when you see them? Actually, all of this is really becoming quite shameful. I disagreed with the federal government becoming involved in the Schiavo case because of the existing case law. But that of course doesn't mean I don't think the laws can or should be changed. Some immorality knows no bounds.

10 April, 2005 20:20  
Blogger MonicaR said...

The word 'progressive' has such a NICE ring to it, doesn't it?

I don't know where the hell our country is going. I really don't. I just don't know what to make of it all...Grizzly's confused.

10 April, 2005 22:59  

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