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Euthanasia: April 8, 2005

Family Fights to Keep Doctors from Starving Mae Magourik

Some mistakenly thought the Terri Schiavo case was an isolated incident and the product of a political battle. The case of Mae Magourik is even worse because she has never been classified as terminally ill or in a "vegetative state." Yet, her immediate family fights to keep doctors from starving her:

In a situation recalling the recent death of Terri Schiavo in Florida, an 81-year-old widow, denied nourishment and fluids for nearly two weeks, is clinging to life in a hospice in LaGrange, Ga., while her immediate family fights desperately to save her life before she dies of starvation and dehydration. - Worldnetdaily
BlogsforTerri notes:
Mae Magouirk is being withheld nourishment and fluids and the Provisions of her Living Will are not being honored at the Hospice-LaGrange, (1510 Vernon Street, LaGrange “Troup County” Georgia, (706-845-3905) a subsidiary of the LaGrange Hospital in LaGrange Georgia.
It turns out the Mae's granddaughter claimed to have power attorney:
Mrs. Magouirk was admitted to the hospital with an aortic dissection, which was contained. Her granddaughter, Beth Gaddy, asked that she be placed in hospice without hydration or food. Gaddy was quoted as saying, "Grandmama is old and I think it is time she went home to Jesus."
Under Georgia law, unless a medical durable power of attorney is in place, your closest living next of kin are stipulated to make all medical decisions. When Mae Magouirk’s closest living next of kin lodged a complaint with Hospice LaGrange’s in-house attorney Carol Todd (706-882-1411) last Thursday, March 31, Ms. Todd checked Mae Magouirk’s case file and upon examination of both documents discovered that Beth Gaddy DID NOT have the durable medical power of attorney for Mae Magouirk and upon closer examination of Mae Magouirk’s Living Will ascertained that fluids and nourishment were ONLY TO BE WITHHELD if she was either comatose or vegetative.

Straightupwsherri has the list of people to contact:

Office of the Attorney General of Georgia
Thurbert E. Baker
Phone: 404-656-3300
FAX : 404-657-8733

Criminal Justice Division:<blockquote>The State Healthcare Fraud Control Unit of the Law Department works in conjunction with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Audits and is responsible for prosecuting cases of medicaid fraud and patient abuse in facilities receiving medicaid funding.

Mary Beth Westmoreland
Deputy Attorney General
Criminal Justice Division
Phone : 404-656-3349
FAX : 404-651-6459

Now let's make our voices heard.
I guess these officials don't list their email addresses.

But wait, there's more:

It seems that Probate Judge Donald Boyd (706-883-1690) is not very concerned about Georgia law.

For some unknown reason, he has allowed Mae's granddaughter, Beth Gaddy, to remain in charge of Mae's execution, even though Ms. Gaddy is not the next of kin, as required by law! That distinction belongs to Mae Magouirkin's brother, Mr. A. B. McLeod (256-236-1331) and sister, Mrs. Lonnie Ruth Mullinax (205-408-7598) both of nearby Anniston, Alabama.

If you wish to complain about Judge Boyd, try the State Bar of Georgia. May I suggest:
President Rob Reinhardt
Phone : 229-382-6135
FAX : 229-386-5949

Georgia Dept of Human Resources
Phone : 404-657-9639
FAX WRITTEN REPORT TO : 404-657-5737

Troup County DFCS
504 East Depot Street
LaGrange, Georgia 30241-4631
Director: Willie Rutledge
Phone : 706-845-4200
FAX : 706-845-4221

Division of Aging Services
Two Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 9-385
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3142
Phone : 404-657-5258
Fax : 404-657-5285

Finally, there are City Officials:
Tom Hall, City Manager
Meg Kelsey, Assistant City Manager
City Hall - 3rd Floor
200 Ridley Avenue
Phone : 706-883-2000
Fax : 706-883-2020

Lukken, Jeff - Mayor 706-883-2010
Dekmar, Lou - Chief of Police 706-883-2612
Edmondson, Rev Willie - City Councilman 706-882-7817
Gore, Dr Tom - City Councilman 706-884-2641
Hall, Tom - City Manager 706-883-2010
Moore, George - Mayor Pro Tem 706-884-5923BlogsforTerri has much more.

Posted by tim at April 8, 2005 8:22 AM

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