CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1991
The case of Bonnie Tomaszewski ("Intravenous Feedings Can Be Cut Off, Judge Rules," May 19) is not the same as the case of Karen Ann Quinlan. Karen Ann Quinlan's parents wanted artificial life support cut off, but they were not so barbarous as to ask for permission to starve their daughter. Removing mechanical breathing tubes is a medical decision of an entirely different order than refusing to provide food and water. I hope Bonnie Tomaszewski's parents, who want to save their daughter from what they accurately describe as "a long, ugly, painful way to die," prevail over her husband.
June 15, 1985 |
A priest Friday eulogized Karen Ann Quinlan as an "ordinary young woman" who brought the world's mind to bear on such deep concerns as "the right to die" and "death with dignity." Monsignor Thomas Trapasso said Quinlan's life was not only in God's hands but "also the hands of men and their technology." Quinlan, 31, who died Tuesday night after spending 10 years in a coma, was buried after a one-hour funeral Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.
June 12, 1985 |
Karen Ann Quinlan, who lapsed into a coma a decade ago and prompted a historic right-to-die court decision after her parents sought to have her disconnected from a respirator, died Tuesday in her mother's arms. She was 31. She died of pneumonia at 7:01 p.m. at the Morris View Home, Dr. James Wolf said. "They were silent, subdued. They had tears in their eyes," he said of Joseph and Julia Quinlan.
June 13, 1985 |
Karen Ann Quinlan's parents said Wednesday that they were at peace because their daughter "died in a natural state," in her mother's arms, preserving to the end the dignity won for her in a landmark court case. The family went into seclusion after Miss Quinlan's death at 31-- ending a decade in a coma--again brought attention to their successful fight to remove her from a respirator. "Please let us mourn in peace," Julia Quinlan said in a brief interview at the family's home Wednesday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1986 |
It is time, her family says, for Anna Hirth to die. Hirth, 92, lies in a coma in a La Mesa nursing home. Her condition has changed little since February, when she choked on some food and suffered brain damage before she could be resuscitated. For 10 years before that, the once-vivacious woman--a domineering powerhouse described by her sister as "a typical Jewish mother"--had been deteriorating physically and mentally, a victim of old age and Alzheimer's disease.
December 12, 1996 |
Joseph T. Quinlan, whose legal crusade to allow his daughter Karen Ann to "die with dignity" thrust him into the national spotlight, has died. He was 71. Quinlan, a former pharmaceutical employee, died Saturday of cancer. His care had been supervised by the Karen Ann Quinlan Center of Hope, the Newton hospice which Quinlan and his wife, Julia, helped start with proceeds from a book and television movie about their daughter's case.