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April 18, 2005

Clara Martinez out of danger

Since the story broke late Friday I wasn't able to really cover it until this morning, and by then it seems to have resolved, for the most part.  BlogsforTerri sums up the situation as of Friday:

Following a debilitating stroke one and half years ago, Clara has been incapacitated but able to consume water orally. She was cared for in the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center and an intermediate care facility before being taken to her home.

Until recently, she received nourishment through a gastro-intestinal tube that was connected to an external pump. As reported by La Raza, her husband Salvador Martinez, 35 years old and also Mexican, resolved that his wife should not live “artificially”. He signed a “Do Not Resuscitate” order to keep her from being revived artificially and is now withholding nutrition

Leading the fight to save Clara's life had been Father Guillermo Espinoza. Since then people have been calling the governor, Senators and various state agencies as well as the police in order to get things done. A prayer vigil was held yesterday. The Illinois Department of Human Services ordered Clara's family to resume feeding her.

As with Mae Magouirk, the problem is not completely over until the power to euthanize is removed from the hands of those who desire to do it, so keep praying for both these ladies.

Posted by Danny Carlton at April 18, 2005 08:00 AM

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