Banker Chooses Life Despite Winning Right to Die
Grace Sung Eun Lee won ruling over her devout parents
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2012 6:01 PM CDT
Grace Sung Eun Lee in the hospital.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – She won the right to die, but now she apparently wants to live. Grace Sun Eun Lee, a Manhattan banker with an inoperable brain tumor, won a court ruling to die despite the wishes of her highly devout parents—who believe she will go to hell if she chooses death, the Daily News reports. Having thought it over, Lee told her lawyer yesterday she wants to live after all.

Her lawyer, David Smith, asked whether she wanted to stay on her ventilator, and Lee said, "Yes." Smith asked, “Does that mean that you expect your decision to be to remain on a ventilator until you die?" She again responded in the affirmative. But the 28-year-old may not have long to live. Doctors said last month that she had up to two months left, and Smith said that "she looks substantially weaker than she was a week ago. She's very, very weak."

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Oct 8, 2012 9:53 PM CDT
Reason #2232940 to not be religious.
Oct 8, 2012 7:04 PM CDT
how terrible that her family was allowed to weigh her down when she's at her weakest. when she was stronger, she asserted her right to die but has been steadily influenced as she loses all her energy to fight them. so sad.
Oct 8, 2012 12:24 AM CDT
I have to marvel at the love for her parents that is on display here in her voluntarily undergoing a painful death in order to leave her parents a measure of peace after her passing. Still, you have to wonder at the irrationality of a religion that worships such a petty god that would take offense at a person saving themselves agony when there is no good end. It's odd that a human can show the mercy of the coup de grace, but a supposedly merciful god is unwilling to. It amazes me that humans are arrogant enough to paint their gods in their own image, and then, millennia later, when they have evolved beyond the primitive nature of the ancient god (as described in Scripture), are stupid enough to cling to it still. If there is a god, it's nothing at all like us. And it's evolving too.