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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Karen Ann Quinlan-First "Right to Life Case"

Karen Ann Quinlan
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.
This tragic case of an accidental overdose resulted in the national controversy regarding the "right to die".

In 1974 the New Jersey Supreme Court tackled this issue under the eyes of a nation. All the while young Karen Ann Quinlan lay comatose on a respirator while her distraught parents fought the law and tabloid sensationalism to let their daughter "die with dignity".
After much legal wrangling Karen Ann was finally weaned from the respirator-only to begin breathing on her own!!
Karen was transferred to a nursing home in June 1976.

Although nearly "vegetative" and requiring tube feedings and a tracheotomy Karen Ann Quinlan remained in a locked room in a county nursing home, sequestered from the public and presumed dead by many, Karen Ann Quinlan "lived" for nearly 10 years prior to her death in 1985.


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