Woman Wins Ruling Over Parents for Right to Die
Grace Sung Eun Lee has begged doctors to turn off life support
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2012 2:49 PM CDT
Updated Oct 5, 2012 3:01 PM CDT
Medical staff refers to an ECG monitor in a hospital.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A New York state appeals court ruled today that Grace Sung Eun Lee has the right to die, the Daily News reports. The incurably ill Manhattan banker has begged doctors to pull the plug, but her religious parents did their best to stop the request. They even released a video in which Lee mouthed the word "Yes" to a question from her cousin—but that question was impossible to make out, reports the Daily News.

"She has made herself abundantly clear,” said Lee's court-appointed lawyer. "They stand there all day, and tell her that this is Satan’s work—and she loves her parents desperately. ... This is just awful." Lee was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last year and put on life support last month. But her father, a reverend, says that "when someone sets a time and date to die, that is considered as a suicide and sin." No word yet on whether her parents will give up their legal battle.

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793tango
Oct 6, 2012 1:09 PM CDT
This is the thing that puzzles me about the very religious (especially christians); They say (and seem to believe) that we all have a set time on earth and when it's up 'God will call us home to live in heaven' -a supposedly better place than here on earth. AND YET when someone in their family is terminally ill they will use as many medical devices as can be employed to keep that person alive for as long as possible, completely ignoring the fact that WITHOUT those machines that person would have been 'called home' long ago. Besides if heaven is such a great place, wouldn't you WANT your loved one to go there instead of staying here sick and miserable? I don't get it. I had this discussion with a doctor when my mother was dying four years ago; I had to decide whether to take her off the respirator or start her on even more machinery. I told the doctor that mom never wanted a lot of invasive life support. Even if she survived she would need a lot of round the clock care which she didn't want either. The doctor thanked me for having a 'rational' attitude toward the whole thing. She said she deals with a lot of families who want to use everything science can gather to keep that person alive even when it's hopeless. I told her that a lot of people have this notion that the 'light of God will come down' cure their loved one and they'll all walk out as if nothing had ever happened and it just doesn't work that way. She agreed. A lot of people just can't seem to accept that people (even the ones you love) will die.
micksam
Oct 6, 2012 12:55 PM CDT
This is a very difficult decision for a person and a family and I have changed my postion to this: God gave us the knowledge to put our pets out of pain and misery because he left us to care for these animals as I also believe he put us in charge of "caring" for our family and mankind itself and gave us the same knowledge for doctors that he gave to vetenarians to be used in a case like this. We cannot just make a law saying it is okay without very strict limitations which this poor lady would fall under. The other option is hospice who will administer the medication that kills the pain and generally induces a coma or coma like sleep and death occurs quickly. Killing a person is to me different than putting a loved one out of horrid pain and agony. Killing is done out of anger, vengeance,accident and war. I also believe the devil works against God as hard as God works for us and we have the wisdom to know the difference. If you have ever read your Bible to any degree you will know this to be true. I have personally watched 4 of my dear friends and one family member go through the hospice system and can attest to the mericful, quick and caring way they closed their eyes for the last time. I held each one's hand as they took their last breath and know that is my option should that fate befall me.
rifleman1234
Oct 6, 2012 8:59 AM CDT
taking someone off of life-support isnt suicide.