Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

May 17, 2005

In Memoriam, Mae Magouirk

Filed under: — Different River @ 7:50 pm

Thanks to Dave Schuler of The Glittering Eye for pointing me to this article.

Mae Magouirk, who I mentioned before in this post and this post, has passed away this morning (May 16).

In March, she suffered an aortic dissection. Her condition was repaired with surgery and she was stabilized and conscious, but her 41-year-old granddaugher (and heir!) Beth Gaddy got herself appointed guardian, decided “it is time she went home to Jesus,” and had her sedated, transfered to a hospice, and her feeding tube removed, the goal being a Terri Schiavo-like death.

When other family members (including a brother, sister, and nephew) objected and got court support for their objection, the hospice argued that they could not legally re-attach the feeding tube, since then Mrs. Magouirk would no longer be terminal and therefore would be ineligible to be in a hospice. (Huh? Read that again!) After 12 days without food, she was transferred to a hospital, her feeding tube was re-attached, her sedation was ended, and she began to recover. The granddaughter then ordered that her other family members be barred from visiting her. They went back to court, and got limited visitation privilages.

She continued recovering, and was transferred to a nursing home, where she had a stroke yesterday and died today.

“Although she was cognizant, speaking, sitting up, eating/drinking and communicating until her last day alive, her family had decided not to tell her of the terrible ordeal she had endured at Hospice LaGrange until she was discharged from the nursing home. She was spared this final pain by God,” [her nephew Ken] Mullinax said in a press statement.

So, Beth Gaddy, who tried to kill her, will probably still get the inheritance she was aiming for — just a month or so later than she’d planned.

I’m sure we don’t know the half of it.

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