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Doctors Dehydrated My Husband To Death: U.K. Widow
LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/8/06 | John Jalsevac

Posted on 08/08/2006 3:56:25 PM PDT by wagglebee

 

Harold Speed - Image Source: Norwich Evening News 24 NORFOLK, U.K., August 8, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – At the same time that the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is being investigated for allegedly starving and dehydrating a woman to death in 2003, the wife of a former patient treated on the same ward is calling for another investigation into the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of her husband.

Kate Speed claims that although her husband’s death certificate states that he died from pneumonia, that in fact he died because of a hospital-ordered dehydration, an ultimately fatal measure that neither she nor her husband approved.

“The whole of my husband’s stay in hospital was a nightmare,” Kate Speed said, according to the Times Online. “They put bronchopneumonia on the death certificate, but I believe his death was from the effects of dehydration.”

The hospital’s Kimberly ward is already under investigation by Norwich coroner William Armstrong after the death a Mrs. Olive Nockels who died at the hospital in 2003 and whose family alleges that she was dehydrated to death. According to the Times Online, physician David Maisley testified last month at the inquest into Mrs. Nockel’s death that he witnessed people die of dehydration at the hospital “all the time—two or three times a week.”

Olive Nockel’s grandson, Chris West, testified at the inquest that, “I said I wouldn’t treat my dog like that and [Dr Maisey] said it was easier for vets because they had alternative means and can ‘put animals to sleep’.”

Harold Speed, a grandfather of four and former music teacher, was admitted to the hospital in October of 2004 after suffering a heart attack. Shortly thereafter a “nil by mouth” order was instituted. This order was lifted once, after complaints by Mrs. Speed, only to be reversed once again at a later date.

Speed’s wife relates: “I saw my husband deteriorate and I have no understanding of how this was allowed to happen. I questioned hospital staff but they told me an intravenous drip would have been too painful,” she said.

“I saw my husband the day before he died. He had not been physically examined that day; his records showed he was last seen 24 hours before he died.

“My husband had been in the hospital many times before and I have nothing but praise for staff there, but the ethos in Kimberly ward is terrible and I do not believe he died of natural causes.” 

Kate Speed, Image Source: Norwich Evening News 24Mrs. Speed says that leading up to his death Harold Speed demonstrated all the classic signs of dehydration. "His eyes were dry, sore, flat and sunken. I tried to moisten his mouth...The doctor said he was very dry and picked up the flesh from his neck. It was like picking up a sheet. His veins were flat and there was an absence of mucous.”

“We trusted, and he trusted,” says Mrs. Speed, “that the hospital would treat him well, instead of which there was a catalogue of error and apathy that led to his death, unless of course, there had been a decision, which I had no share in, that his life should no longer be preserved.”

So far hospital officials and physicians have denied that Speed died on account of dehydration. Dr Iain Brooksby, medical director, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital denied Kate Speed’s accusations saying, “Clinical examination at the time and the objective evidence of blood tests demonstrated that the late Mr Speed was definitely not dehydrated at the time of his death in November 2004,” according to the Norwich Evening News 24. 

“He was satisfactorily hydrated and was receiving fluids and antibiotics for a chest infection when he died. We have explained to Mrs Speed that there was no evidence that dehydration contributed to his death and he died of bronchopneumonia and vascular disease."

Mrs. Speed, however, has been offered fiscal compensation for her husband’s death, compensation which she declined fearing that if she accepted the money the hospital would use it as leverage to brush the issue aside. “They asked me for a figure but I was afraid it was tactical and that they would then not have to answer questions. Just pay, and I would never know the truth of what happened,” she said.

Cases similar to Harold Speed’s are cropping up with increasing frequency. Last week LifeSiteNews.com reported on the case of the father of Wall Street journalist Pamela Winnick. Winnick related that doctors continually pestered her and her family into quietly “letting” her father go. Her father recovered shortly thereafter.

Along the same lines, in June of this year a prominent British bioethicist was quoted as saying that it is time to “regulate” the already existing practice of “involuntary euthanasia”. Pro-life advocates have pointed out from the beginning that the term “involuntary euthanasia” is simply a medical euphemism for murder.

See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:

Doctors Kept Asking To "Let" My Father Die: Wall Street Journalist
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/jul/06072607.html

Non-Voluntary Euthanasia – Next Logical Step for Britain says Prominent Ethicist
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/jun/06060905.html 


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: cultureofdeath; dehydration; eugenics; euphoria; euthanasia; moralabsolutes; nhs; prolife; terrischiavo
According to the Times Online, physician David Maisley testified last month at the inquest into Mrs. Nockel’s death that he witnessed people die of dehydration at the hospital “all the time—two or three times a week.”

This is totally inhumane.

1 posted on 08/08/2006 3:56:27 PM PDT by wagglebee
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To: 8mmMauser; T'wit; floriduh voter; BykrBayb

Culture of Death Ping


2 posted on 08/08/2006 3:57:15 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee
Non-voluntary euthanasia is said to be very common.

The NHS only has so many dollars, I mean euros and they have hundreds of thousands of immigrants to take care of after all.

3 posted on 08/08/2006 3:59:12 PM PDT by GeronL (http://www.mises.org/story/1975 <--no such thing as a fairtax)
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To: wagglebee

"Living will? Who needs it? We do this all the time..."

Coming to a hospital near you....


4 posted on 08/08/2006 3:59:23 PM PDT by stands2reason (ANAGRAM for the day: Socialist twaddle == Tact is disallowed)
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To: wagglebee
This happens ALL THE TIME in the USA. Maybe not in hospitals, through hospice at homes. The doc gives the order to pull the IV's, to dehydrate the patient to death.
5 posted on 08/08/2006 4:01:44 PM PDT by shield ( A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: shield
It seems that this is more of a cover up with other 'doctors' lying. Socialist healthcare with bureaucrats in charge. Dem's wet dream.
6 posted on 08/08/2006 4:04:39 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: wagglebee

Socialized (democrat party) style health care. In other news, the UK is seeking a a 19-week minimum wait for in-patient admission and 10 weeks for out-patient admission.

They call this "euthanasia by queue."


7 posted on 08/08/2006 4:04:42 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (No program, no ideas, no clue: The democrats!)
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To: wagglebee

At least he was euphoric in his final moments.

(do I need to sarc tag?)


8 posted on 08/08/2006 4:05:24 PM PDT by thoughtomator (The worst thing about censorship is XXXXXXXXXXXXX)
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To: GeronL

the UK uses the pound


9 posted on 08/08/2006 4:07:10 PM PDT by Murtyo
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10 posted on 08/08/2006 4:07:48 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: Murtyo

I thought they switched over to the Euro


11 posted on 08/08/2006 4:09:48 PM PDT by GeronL (http://www.mises.org/story/1975 <--no such thing as a fairtax)
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To: Murtyo; GeronL

They didn't mind taking dollars for my hospital stay there several years ago.


12 posted on 08/08/2006 4:12:59 PM PDT by FreePaul
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To: wagglebee

It doesn't give his age.....I can't imagine the hospital not honoring the family's request to be treated. That is a cruel way to kill someone.


13 posted on 08/08/2006 4:13:45 PM PDT by tioga
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To: GeronL

they still have their own currency. google "save the pound" and you'll see lots of sites


14 posted on 08/08/2006 4:17:32 PM PDT by Murtyo
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To: Sue Bob

Ping...


15 posted on 08/08/2006 4:17:57 PM PDT by TheSarce (The Silent Majority is finding its voice. It goes to ELEVEN!)
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To: tioga; MadIvan

can people sue the NHS?? (probably not)


16 posted on 08/08/2006 4:19:25 PM PDT by GeronL (http://www.mises.org/story/1975 <--no such thing as a fairtax)
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To: wagglebee

Some people are going to have to be killed violently before these issues are settled.

If you can't put a dog down this way, why is it allowable for a human?


17 posted on 08/08/2006 4:20:31 PM PDT by Malsua
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To: Malsua

To: wagglebee
Some people are going to have to be killed violently before these issues are settled.

If you can't put a dog down this way, why is it allowable for a human?


The obvious rebuttal is let us put the lame and the halt down like dogs, why not?


18 posted on 08/08/2006 4:28:17 PM PDT by Chickensoup (S)
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To: kinoxi

What's sad about this is he wasn't even in a terminal state...like those in hospice are. This actually happened to a relative of mine...and there was NOTHING WHATSOEVER I could do about it. Believe me, I tried.


19 posted on 08/08/2006 4:35:11 PM PDT by shield ( A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: shield

My sympathies. This should not happen.


20 posted on 08/08/2006 4:38:33 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: wagglebee
My great grandmother died of an infection, Dr's refused to prescribe penicillin because she was 108 years old... to old for the worlds oldest cheapest antibiotic... probably saved the tax payer $5...
21 posted on 08/08/2006 5:05:19 PM PDT by MD_Willington_1976
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To: MD_Willington_1976

You're right. I had to get a prescription for penicillin a while back, the pharmacy couldn't get my insurance card figured out and said they couldn't fill the prescription until they called the insurance company. I asked them how much it would be if I just paid for it and it was $4.50.


22 posted on 08/08/2006 5:07:28 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee
It's even cheaper in the "less than enlightened 3rd world countries", due process and access to medication is BS in "en-lighted 1st world countries"... pharmaceutical companies give my GP enough samples to stock his volunteer clinic in Vanuatu...
23 posted on 08/08/2006 5:19:06 PM PDT by MD_Willington_1976
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To: wagglebee
Florida Governor Race Opinion Piece. If anyone wants the audio clip which was an attachment via email, please send me a private freepmail with your regular email address. It IS A clip of CHARLIE CRIST BETRAYING TERRI SCHIAVO, HER PARENTS AND HER BROTHER AND SISTER AND THE REST OF THE FREE WORLD.

WHY YOU SHOULDN'T VOTE FOR CHARLIE CRIST: Friends and a few who are not too friendly,

Take a moment to listen to Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist on a south Florida radio station for just over 2 minutes. This exchange is not deep, but it does illustrate Charlie's ability to say, "Yes," and "No," and "I haven't decided," in the same sentence. Charlie gives deliberately designed to confuse sound bite answers on abortion, Terri Schindler Schiavo, same sex abortion, rumors of being gay, same sex adoption, and civil unions.

This man is not fit to be governor, but the "I'm a nice family guy," lukewarm chicken soup campaign Tom Gallagher is running suggests Crist and and Gallagher have made a back room deal. Is it reasonable to speculate, after a short post election vacation, Charlie will announce Gallagher is being tapped for some spot that will keep him in the headlines.

***Forward this audio clip to every Republican primary voter in Florida, with a special emphasis on morally and spiritually well anchored Christians.

While Gallagher is ethically challenged using his government computer to trade stocks in companies he regulates, those trades have been for chump change, like friends entertaining themselves playing penny poker. Crist on the other hand used, abused his office, cooperating with an ethically and legally challenged George Greer and Bernie McCabe, to help kill an aware of self woman who screamed for her life. An official very close to McCabe conceded in a conversation with me about 2 years ago, killing a person who is aware of self is, quote, "Oh, that's FIRST DEGREE MURDER."

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24 posted on 08/08/2006 5:23:26 PM PDT by floriduh voter (End the Social Promotion of Charlie Crist! Vote for Tom Gallagher www.tg2006.com)
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To: wagglebee

Through a number of circumstances a close family friend with was temporarily placed in a state hospital ward that was caring for people with severe dementia. I went to visit him there. When I arrived he was lying in a reclining chair and seemed barely able to talk to me. This did not stand out from the condition of the other people there. But it seemed odd to me because I knew that although he had some problems he had not previously been so totally out of it. A doctor told me that his state was just due the medications he had been taking which made him drowsy. Right after this a nurse whispered in my ear that I had every right to make sure my friend was seen at a hospital. I insisted and he was seen at the emergency room. It turned out that he had been severely dehydrated and could have died if I hadn't shown up just then.


25 posted on 08/08/2006 5:26:24 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: tioga
It doesn't give his age.....I can't imagine the hospital not honoring the family's request to be treated.

This is socialized medicine at it's best. Billary's dream for Amerika. Sick people cost a lot of money. If they aren't going to get better to the point of being productive (i.e. paying taxes vs. using resources) then we need to quietly get them out of the way. The world is mad. Very mad.

26 posted on 08/08/2006 5:54:34 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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To: wagglebee

But how could that be? We've got judges, attorneys and doctors in Florida that say starving/dehydrating is a perfectly peaceful -- nay, euphoric! -- way to go!


27 posted on 08/08/2006 6:00:59 PM PDT by Malacoda (The Posting Police need an enema.)
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To: wagglebee; 8mmMauser; T'wit; floriduh voter; BykrBayb; GeronL; stands2reason; shield

I was talking to a very good friend today. He says the same thing is going on more and more today in hospices. Very common today in Oregon.


28 posted on 08/08/2006 8:49:48 PM PDT by ex-Texan (Mathew 7: 1 - 6)
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To: wagglebee
Pinged from Terri AUGUST Dailies

8mm

29 posted on 08/09/2006 4:31:18 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam Tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: ex-Texan

I still wonder what happened to my own Mom in Oregon, taking sick, but not that sick, and suddenly dying in their care.


30 posted on 08/09/2006 4:32:40 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam Tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: wagglebee
“We trusted, and he trusted,” says Mrs. Speed, “that the hospital would treat him well, instead of which there was a catalogue of error and apathy that led to his death, unless of course, there had been a decision, which I had no share in, that his life should no longer be preserved.”

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This story is heartbreaking.

After personal experience with hospitals, I no longer trust those who administer "care". It's crucial for anyone who has a loved one hospitalized to be involved and questioning of treatment.

31 posted on 08/09/2006 5:37:36 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: ex-Texan
There's a great hospices facility in the Houston Medical Center. That does not take place there. It's small town USA...surprisingly that's where so much of it takes place.
32 posted on 08/09/2006 9:40:24 AM PDT by shield ( A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: wagglebee

Can't trust doctors anymore.


33 posted on 08/12/2006 2:15:15 AM PDT by LifeOrGoods? (God is not a God of fear, but of power, love and a sane mind.)
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