Skip to comments.55-year-old man responsive after nearly being starved to death at hospital
Posted on 10/22/2011 1:35:56 PM PDT by wagglebee
FREDERICK, Md. A 55-year-old Maryland man who became temporarily unconscious after suffering a heart attack and a seizure has been saved from being starved to death after an ADF-allied attorney obtained an order in state court on behalf of the mans mother and brother. The man, Daniel Sanger, is now responding to hospital staff after going six days without food and water.
Although Sanger told his doctor and his mother I want to live before he went unconscious, Frederick Memorial Hospital removed the public-assistance patient from life-giving food, water, and nutrients on Friday with the permission of his wife.
Everyone deserves a chance to recover, said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. There is no question that Daniel expressly stated his desire to live, and yet he was denied the food and water he needed to survive. His wishes should have been followed. ADF sees far too many situations involving hasty decisions to pull the plug on a human life.
The court has done the right thing in granting our request to have Daniels food and hydration restored, said Sangers legal counsel Daniel Cox, one of nearly 2,100 attorneys in the ADF alliance. We are asking the court to award temporary decision-making authority to Daniels mother and brother.
Cox, who heads The Cox Law Center, LLC, filed a motion in Frederick County Circuit Court Wednesday to force the hospital to resume sending life-giving nutrients to Sanger through his feeding tube. The motion, filed in Sanger v. Rafiq, also requested that Sangers mother, Phyllis Sanger, and his brother, Mark Sanger, be awarded temporary custody instead of his wife, Leta Sanger, who went against her husbands express wishes to remain alive.
Chief Judge Peter Krauser, of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, responded by issuing an order Wednesday to provide immediate water and nutrition to Sanger pending the outcome of a hearing that was held Thursday. At that hearing, Frederick County Circuit Judge Theresa Adams issued a temporary restraining order instructing Frederick Memorial Hospital to provide life-sustaining nutrition to Sanger until the completion of a trial set for Wednesday at 9 a.m. EDT at the Frederick County Circuit Court at 100 W. Patrick St.
Is that supposed to be funny? Do you think it funny to label people “useless” and kill them?
They wouldn’t allow people to do this to a dog.
Regarding Jeb bush...
I was there in person protesting at Terry schuavos nursing home. Jeb bush got dcf involved. They were enroute to physically get Terry when the powers to be were tipped off. It was literally going to be at gun point that they would have to take her. Jeb blinked. Terry died.
Something smelled of good old boy quid pro quo down here. Terry’s husbands attorney is a sick bastard. It was always about the husband getting the life insurance. Thanks to Terry’s parents it all got sucked up by his attorney. He got little if nothing.
Wow. We must have been virtually standing next to each other. I went there every day after work. Was there when j. Jackson showed up. First and last time we were on the same side. I got to meet Terry’s brother.
They arrested people every hour or so as they peacefully tried to walk in with a bottle of water.
I will never forget the tragedy.
I also attended the memorial. Glen Beck, before he was famous, spoke at the memorial. The tears. The heartbreak.
The husband would not even let the family have her body for the memorial.
He’s younger than I am.
I wonder why his wife wanted to kill him?
If ever there was justification for divorce.
I think he has a legitimate reason to press charges.
Thank God he was saved and not murdered.
“removed the public-assistance patient from life-giving food, water, and nutrients on Friday with the ****permission of his wife***.”
After he told her “ i want to live”. He needs to get rid of that one fast.
When my dad was in the hospital he desired a NO CODE and my son and daughter in law was visiting at the time and had to sign as witness to his desire...(he was in his 80's).
This forcible starvation is becoming epidemic. When he recovers he needs to deal the wife who wanted him to be killed. I feel very sorry for him - thank God that others intervened to save his life. I hope no bad damage was caused to his body or brain from the lack of water, especially.
No, but I can’t decide if your over reaction is hilarious or very sad.
There was NO public support for saving her, on that you are obviously right. In fact most of the American people seemed to want her dead. In retrospect, I think if Jebbie had found a way to save her, he would be the 2012 nominee in waiting. Most of the people never understood the case because of faulty media coverage.
Actually, I think Schiavo already has such an organization or some of his cohorts do. Was it ever known how much Schiavo made off Terri’s killing?
No, I certainly was not at the vigil, but Senator Santorum was, wasn’t he?
I think you’re very right. The media coverage was slanted against her from the start.
God only knows why the media wanted her dead, but then, I’ve never understood why it is always the well-off, comfortable, supposedly educated class who are so in favor of killing off people - including themselves. I think you’d find that most of Kevorkian’s clients came from this group.
Perhaps it’s because they don’t believe in anything, particularly in the future. They think that once they can’t go out and be masters of the universe, life isn’t worth living. And therefore they don’t care about other people’s lives, either, and in fact it sort of annoys them that “lesser beings” (meaning the elderly, the sick, the poor) want to live.
I believe Santorum had been there, but not at the time when I was there.
BTW, if you’re not from Florida, you may not know that Tampa-St Pete’s is a big Scientology area, and most of the people in power, in everything from the courts to law enforcement to local government, are either Scientologists or bought and paid for Scientologists - or are terrified of them. I think that also had a lot to do with the events in the Schiavo case.
I think prayers never go to waste! As you say, prayers are prayed in eternity, and you never know to whom they may fall and who they may help. God uses everything, I think. And I have to believe that somehow we accompanied Terri during this suffering.
This is exactly the kind of story that makes me think twice about signing an advance directive to be an organ donor. Too much temptation for somebody to say, “well, he’s almost 60 and led a good life. Just think how many people he could help save with his organs”.
That was Florida, and that particularly despicable county in Florida.