Monday, August 26, 2013
A recent ruling issued by a rural Pennsylvania court could impact millions of Baby Boomers caring for dying parents.
A Schuylkill County magistrate has ordered Barbara Mancini, 57, to stand trial for assisting the suicide of her terminally ill father, Joe Yourshaw. Mancini’s crime is allegedly handing her father his prescribed morphine.
Yourshaw had previously taken measures to ensure he could die peacefully. But despite his advance directive to refrain from intrusive medical intervention and Barbara’s instruction as his medical surrogate to do the same, EMTs took the 93-year-old father to the hospital after a hospice nurse called 911. After Joe was revived, he was furious he had been removed from his home and that his daughter had been arrested. Instead of dying peacefully at home as he wished, Joe died four days later in the hospital, knowing his daughter was in dire legal trouble.
See Gwen Fitzgerald, Boomers Beware when Caring for Dying Parents, USA Today, Aug. 20, 2013.
Special thanks to Laura Galvan (Attorney, San Antonio, Texas) for bringing this article to my attention.