Skip to comments.Manís Estranged Wife Removes His Feeding Tube to Starve Him to Death, Despite Court Order
Posted on 04/07/2014 7:29:50 PM PDT by Morgana
Texas has a medical futilitywhat I call Futile Care Theorylaw permitting doctors to remove wanted life-support that works from a patient based on their views about quality of life.
Before that is done, patients/families are supposed to receive due processsuch as it ise.g., a hearing before a bioethics Star Chamber committee. Then, if the committee decides the treatment should end, the patient has 10 days to find a new hospital.
terrymaceBut heres the thing: I believe that once a society determines that doctors can refuse wanted efficacious life-sustaining servicethat becomes the memeand eventually the due process part goes away.
That may be part of what happened in a case out of a hospital near Austin. As recounted by Thaddeus Mason Pope, an estranged wife (of 5 years!) authorized pulling the feeding tube of Terry Mace (on the left in picture at right). His parents won guardianship and a court blocked the dehydrate decision.
But the hospital did it anyway.
From the Austin State Journal story:
Stephen Casey, one of the attorneys for Maces parents, said doctors at Seton Medical Center Williamson surprised the family by removing the feeding and hydration tubes for Mace sometime within the past few days. The 43-year-old Killeen man had been hospitalized since March 6, when he went into cardiac arrest and hit his head on a concrete floor.
After receiving a phone call Monday morning from Maces father, Casey went to the hospital and saw the tubes had been removed. Maces father got a doctor to reconnect the hydration tube Monday afternoon, Casey said. Mace died about 1 a.m. Tuesday. The hospitals director of communications, Adrienne Lallo, released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying the hospital had cooperated with Maces family.
Apparently the hospital didnt adequately explain that comfort care actually meant in Maces case, dehydrate to death:
Doctors had told Maces family over the weekend that they were providing comfort care to him, meaning they were keeping him sedated and making sure he wasnt choking, said Casey. Maces parents might have been confused about what kind of treatment their son was receiving, their lawyers said.
This is how trust in our health care system is being steadily destroyed.
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Sounds like they’ve broken the law. They should be arrested.
My instructions to my wife and kids are a more direct way to ending my life in such an occasion, involving a claw hammer.
I don’t know about it, but it seems par for the course today in America, which sorely needs spiritual revival.
1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
Just another reason that EVERY ONE (regardless of closeness of death) should have a specific POLST. This is the only thing that will guarantee that YOUR wishes will be followed
First i’ve heard of it—and I’m near Austin.
“Ma’am, if you were my wife, I”d rip out my own feeding tube.”
For murder one.
I know this hospital as it’s within 5 miles as the crow flies from me. Sounds to me that I’d rather take my chances at St. David’s than Seton. If that’s the level of “care” they provide I’m taking my business elsewhere.
except the hospital didn’t let it drag out.....they just let him die before too big a stink could be made by the legal guardians.
I thought Seton was a Catholic Hospital. Sheesh.
Sounds to me that she wanted him dead so she could file on his social security and get more money.
The article doesn’t say if she is collecting insurance on his death or if she is still vindictive or both.
This woman sounds like the typical “American” today - there to collect some kind of “windfall”. But she probably supports windfall profits taxes.
Happened in my family....horrible to go through.
The guy was estranged from the wife for five years and was currently going through divorce proceedings.....Divorce seems like a conflict of interest to me.Until it's actually signed and sealed by the court, you're still married and it doesn't matter what's going on. Your spouse has got the control.
I’m so sorry.
You’re right, the spouse does have the control....however, his family went to court and became his guardians (or medical guardians, I guess). The hospital still did what the illegal guardian (the soon to be ex-wife) wanted anyway and took away his hydration and feeding until his parents found out.
The parents had the control; the hospital ignored them.
The parents had the control; the hospital ignored them.Huh. The way I was reading it, the timeline is that the wife came down and ordered the tubes out, the parents found out and filed for guardianship, and then after it was granted they had the tubes put back in but it was too late. Am I reading that wrong?
You are right. I misunderstood the original article. Thanks for clearing that up.
Wrong. The hospital surprised the family be removing his feeding tube again, after the court had ordered them to reconnect it. They did this in blatant violation of the court order, and they misled the family about it.
This is not uncommon. This is the way brain injured patients are treated. Good luck picking twelve random people who would hand down a guilty verdict in such a case. You’d play hell finding twelve random FReepers who could agree that it’s wrong to murder someone with a severe brain injury.
That’s what I thought originally, BykrBayb. I’m not sure. I reread the article and its links again, and GAFreedom may be right.
Either way, it does seem sometimes that hospitals are quick to hurry the demise of brain injured patients. You have to watch them when it comes to the elderly as well.
This is a good reason for people to specify who will be making medical decisions for them if they’re not able to do so.
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