Saturday, April 16, 2005

Mae Magouirk Recovering

We wrote previously about the case of Mae Magouirk, the grandmother who was being starved and dehydrated to death in a Georgia hospice for 12 days. Her brother and sister, A.B. McLeod, 64, of Anniston, Ala., and Lonnie Ruth Mullinax, 74, of Birmingham, protested the killing, which was being done at the behest of Magouirk's granddaughter.

After an internet firestorm began to develop, Magouirk was airlifted to a hospital in Birmingham, AL, for treatment that doesn't involve starvation. Deprived of her "right to be dehydrated to death against her express wishes," Magouirk is actually getting better. WorldNetDaily has a follow up on the case:
"However, relatives say it appears Magouirk is pulling through, despite her aortic dissection and the starvation and dehydration she endured from March 28 to April 9 at Hospice La-Grange, where she was placed by her granddaughter.

In her living will, Magouirk stated that fluids and nourishment were to be withheld only if she were either comatose or 'vegetative,' and she is neither. Nor is she terminally ill, which is generally a requirement for admission to a hospice.

McLeod told WND the two women visited yesterday in Magouirk's room, and 'Ora Mae recognized [Ruth Mullinax] and they laughed and chatted briefly together.'

In an e-mail, Ken Mullinax provided further details of yesterday's meeting, quoting remarks his mother, Ruth, made when he visited her at UAB early this morning.[...]"
The granddaughter, Ruth Gaddy, had tried to block McLeod and Mullinax from visiting their sister or talking with doctors about her condition, but relented. Lonnie Ruth Mullinax's son, Ken, is still barred by Gaddy from seeing his aunt, as he refused Gaddy's demand to promise to "never to talk to the media again or communicate in any way with Internet bloggers." Good for him.

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