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Court Backs Terminally Ill Woman's Right to Die

Friday, October 05, 2012

A Brooklyn appellate court has rejected a request from the parents of terminally ill Queens woman to force her to remain on life support.

A brain tumor paralyzed 28-year-old Grace Sung Eun Lee from the neck down. She has reportedly told her doctors at Long Island's North Shore Hospital she wants to die.

The doctors said they would like to respect Lee's wishes and remove her feeding and breathing tubes.

But Lee's devout parents, religious Korean immigrants, argue that would be suicide and would keep her from going to heaven. 

They filed legal motions to stop the hospital from removing the tube.

The decision clears the way for Lee to choose to end her life, but her parents may pursue other legal actions and the ultimate outcome is still unclear.

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