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

(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.

Medical staff refers to an ECG monitor in a hospital.   (Shutterstock)
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