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

(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."

Grace Sung Eun Lee in the hospital.
Grace Sung Eun Lee in the hospital.   (YouTube)
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