REAL NEWS SPARK
Tonight, Terri Lapoint. publisher of Real News Spark, joins us to discuss her recent coverage of the hastened death of Marian Leonard in an Alabama hospice. Intentionally deprived of food and hydration, chemically restrained, Ms. Leonard succumbed August 24th as a result of the maltreatment. Ms. Leonard was fully aware that they were killing her, as was her daughter. The reason given for forcibly imprisoning Ms. Leonard against her will? She was "old". The 103-year-old retired schoolteacher set a record for the 50 meter dash in the National Senior Games in New Mexico.
"Marian Leonard died in a nursing home that she was forced into by a judge in early 2018. Last month, her court-appointed guardian Sidney Summey restricted her from having any visitors except a token hour and a half visit twice per month from her daughter – the woman that Mrs. Leonard had designated as her chosen power of attorney, not just once, but 3 different times over a 30 year period.
She died alone. No family or friends were permitted to be with her in her final weeks. The guardian had even taken her away from her roommate, whom Nancy viewed as her mother’s “guardian angel.”