Sarah Blake LaRose (3kitties) wrote,
Sarah Blake LaRose

Kill old blind grandma?

I don't believe this. I was looking at sites for pro-life blogs and found an article at that just horrifies me.

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.

Magouirk lives alone in LaGrange, though because of glaucoma she relied on her granddaughter, Beth Gaddy, to bring her food and do errands.

Two weeks ago, Magouirk's aorta had a dissection, and she was hospitalized in the local LaGrange Hospital. Her aortic problem was determined to be severe, and she was admitted to the intensive care unit. At the time of her admission she was lucid and had never been diagnosed with dementia.

Claiming that she held Magouirk's power of attorney, Gaddy had her transferred to Hospice-LaGrange, a 16-bed unit owned by the same family that owns the hospital. Once at the hospice, Gaddy stated that she did not want her grandmother fed or given water.

"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?"

I'm just so angry that people who have never walked one step as a person with a disability can put value on life with disabilities--MY LIFE. Yes, I do take it personally. What assurance do I have that some family member won't decide I'm just too difficult to care for, or that some doctor won't write me a fatal prescription and lie to me about what it will do for me? Trust. Just trust. Did May trust Beth? When does inconvenience give way to resentment--and resentment to the desire to do away with the person ... kill her because it's "time for her to go home and be with Jesus?" Irrational? Really? This is the stuff that horror movies are made of--or so I thought. Maybe horror movies are too common... At least if the disabled person goes home to be with Jesus, Jesus will embrace her and treasure her life.


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