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April 14, 2005

Mae Magouirk: News from Ken Mullinax

Just got off the phone with Ken Mullinax. He says Mae is now in stable condition and her aortic dissection has been contained. Ken's mother, Lonnie Mullinax was having an MRI as we spoke, but was in much better spirits, according to Ken.

This morning the family's attorney will be appearing before Judge Boyd to request visitation. This, I believe, is the first time they've appeared before Boyd since the April 4th court date when Boyd issued the court order that Beth Gaddy ignored. While it has always been in Judge Boyd's power to cite Beth Gaddy for contempt of court as well as revoke her guardianship status, Boyd has claimed that he hasn't because no one has requested it. Perhaps given that the family will once again be before him, he can use the vast amount of information revealed since his last judgment, and make some much needed corrections.

Ken also told me more about the history of his mother's bout with her aortic dissection. When it first occurred she was in a coma for 2 months, during that time doctors continued to ask Ken if he wanted to go ahead and withdraw treatment. He declined, and didn't give up hope. Lonnie Mullinax was given the last rites twice during that time, but she eventually recovered and was able to surprise and dismay the priest who'd given her last rites by attending mass at his parish church. Obviously, the priest was overjoyed with her recovery and gave God the credit.

I mentioned yesterday that according to the court's records Mae's estate was estimated at more than $120,000. Ken says that there is quite a bit more than that, and he would estimate its total value at somewhere between half a million to $700,000. He and the other Alabama relatives agreed to relinquish all claims on the money if Beth Gaddy would agree to allowing the three doctors to examine Mae, and abide by their decision.

That much money to gain and her decision to euthanize her grandmother made without consulting any other relatives should amply demonstrate what was really going on in that Hospice.

UPDATE: Richard at Blogs for Terri has more from his conversation with Ken.

Posted by Danny Carlton at April 14, 2005 11:25 AM

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