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Manís Estranged Wife Removes His Feeding Tube to Starve Him to Death, Despite Court Order
LIFE NEWS ^ | Wesley J. Smith

Posted on 04/07/2014 7:29:50 PM PDT by Morgana

Texas has a medical futility–what I call Futile Care Theory–law 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 process–such as it is–e.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 here’s the thing: I believe that once a society determines that doctors can refuse wanted efficacious life-sustaining service–that becomes the meme–and 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 Mace’s 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 Mace’s father, Casey went to the hospital and saw the tubes had been removed. Mace’s father got a doctor to reconnect the hydration tube Monday afternoon, Casey said. Mace died about 1 a.m. Tuesday. The hospital’s director of communications, Adrienne Lallo, released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying the hospital had cooperated with Mace’s family.

Some cooperation.

Apparently the hospital didn’t adequately explain that “comfort care” actually meant in Mace’s case, ”dehydrate to death:”

Doctors had told Mace’s family over the weekend that they were providing “comfort care” to him, meaning they were keeping him sedated and making sure he wasn’t choking, said Casey. Mace’s 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.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Local News
KEYWORDS: deathpanels; healthcare; prolife; qualityoflife; texas
Any Texas FReepers know more on this story?
1 posted on 04/07/2014 7:29:50 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

But Obama said there still are no death panels...


2 posted on 04/07/2014 7:31:52 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Morgana; KingOfVagabonds; Berlin_Freeper; UnRuley1; mlizzy; mc5cents; RichInOC; Prince of Space; ...
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3 posted on 04/07/2014 7:32:11 PM PDT by narses (Matthew 7:6. He appears to have made up his mind let him live with the consequences.)
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To: Morgana

Sounds like they’ve broken the law. They should be arrested.


4 posted on 04/07/2014 7:35:21 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Morgana

My instructions to my wife and kids are a more direct way to ending my life in such an occasion, involving a claw hammer.


5 posted on 04/07/2014 7:38:28 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Morgana

I don’t know about it, but it seems par for the course today in America, which sorely needs spiritual revival.

Isaiah 59

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.


6 posted on 04/07/2014 7:49:45 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: Morgana
The guy was estranged from the wife for five years and was currently going through divorce proceedings. Imagine having a divorcing spouse in control of your life. Wowsa.

From an imbedded link in the story said h he is not brain dead, he is making faces and breathing on his own, and his heart is recovering......

......Mace’s wife, who lived separate from him in Colorado, arrived in Texas last week and directed the hospital on Saturday to remove all life-sustaining treatment, which they did. When the hospital removed the ventilator, Mace was able to breathe on his own but began to slowly die of dehydration. .......

Divorce seems like a conflict of interest to me.
7 posted on 04/07/2014 7:51:00 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Morgana

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


8 posted on 04/07/2014 8:08:10 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Girlene

Schiavo II


9 posted on 04/07/2014 8:11:41 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: Morgana

First i’ve heard of it—and I’m near Austin.


10 posted on 04/07/2014 8:12:59 PM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Morgana

“Ma’am, if you were my wife, I”d rip out my own feeding tube.”

11 posted on 04/07/2014 8:38:48 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?)...R.I.P.)
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To: Viennacon

For murder one.


12 posted on 04/07/2014 8:42:27 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: basil

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.


13 posted on 04/07/2014 8:46:13 PM PDT by Crolis ("To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it." -GKC)
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To: NonValueAdded

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.


14 posted on 04/07/2014 9:04:34 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Morgana

I thought Seton was a Catholic Hospital. Sheesh.


15 posted on 04/07/2014 9:35:04 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. After all, this is FreeRepublic..)
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To: Girlene

Yikes!


16 posted on 04/07/2014 9:38:11 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Morgana

Sounds to me that she wanted him dead so she could file on his social security and get more money.


17 posted on 04/07/2014 10:52:56 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Morgana

The article doesn’t say if she is collecting insurance on his death or if she is still vindictive or both.


18 posted on 04/07/2014 11:33:47 PM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Morgana

This woman sounds like the typical “American” today - there to collect some kind of “windfall”. But she probably supports windfall profits taxes.


19 posted on 04/07/2014 11:35:55 PM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Girlene

Happened in my family....horrible to go through.


20 posted on 04/08/2014 12:04:42 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Lord, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life.)
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To: Girlene
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.

He should have made a living will and deposited it with a relative, stating what he wanted done in the eventuality of such an issue.
21 posted on 04/08/2014 12:36:43 AM PDT by GAFreedom (Freedom rings in GA!)
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To: antceecee

I’m so sorry.


22 posted on 04/08/2014 5:59:54 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: GAFreedom

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.


23 posted on 04/08/2014 6:03:21 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Girlene
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?
24 posted on 04/08/2014 6:56:47 PM PDT by GAFreedom (Freedom rings in GA!)
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To: GAFreedom

You are right. I misunderstood the original article. Thanks for clearing that up.


25 posted on 04/08/2014 7:32:27 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Girlene; GAFreedom

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.


26 posted on 04/09/2014 7:34:13 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee please come home we miss you! ~ √ě)
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To: BykrBayb; GAFreedom

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.


27 posted on 04/09/2014 9:13:48 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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