Thursday, June 19, 2008

In Florida, a mother and a husband disagree over the treatment over a disabled woman

From the Palm Beach Post:

Seven months ago, Karen Weber had a stroke. Weber, 57, is in a nursing home, now, and her family members are battling over whether to remove the feeding tube that keeps her alive. She is paralyzed on her left side and cannot speak, but she is breathing on her own.

Weber's husband, Raymond Weber, says his wife is in a vegetative state. He is seeking to have her feeding tube removed and his wife moved to hospice care, where she might die.

But Weber's mother, Martha Tatro, and other members of her family, say she is alert and responsive and "there is no doubt she is aware of what's going on."

An Okeechobee County judge has issued an injunction blocking the removal of the tube until he decides whether Mrs. Weber is capable of making her own decision.

the full story is here