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    One for Allen or Ken

    Jan and I were talking this evening about something that stirred a memory of a young girl in a coma in NY back around 1971. There was a huge legal battle about pulling the plug. Was top news for many weeks in the NYC area.

    What was that girl's name?
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    Karen Ann Quinlan?
    She was removed from respirator in 1976 but lived until '85 I think.
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    Cynthia!!! your name is not Allen or Ken

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Ann_Quinlan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cook View Post
    Cynthia!!! your name is not Allen or Ken

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Ann_Quinlan
    I lived in NJ from '72 to '77 as a kid, and I remember that case. I guess Allen or Ken (you) should have posted QUICKER.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia White View Post
    I lived in NJ from '72 to '77 as a kid, and I remember that case. I guess Allen or Ken (you) should have posted QUICKER.
    Touche' lol...
    I remember the story due to having a niece with the name Karen Ann...and much like me and this thread, she too was not the one implied
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    Hi,

    I remember that mess. I felt so sorry for the "vegetable" lady. The most horrible thing I can think of would be to live as a vegetable.

    If I find myself "losing it" and I stilll have enough brain power to do it, I am going to pull my own plug. I tell every one I want the plug pulled. If I am too far gone to do it myself---PLEASE, someone else pull it.

    Sorry for the tirade. All I was going to say was that I remember the deal and felt terrible about it. However, I do not remember her name.

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    I remember that well. Very sad case.
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    I did not remember.

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    Yep - her name is very familiar to me ... she was a topic of conversation during my first couple years in high school ('76-'78), but I don't think I ever knew what she looked like until I followed the Wikipedia link yesterday.

    No doubt we discussed her situation in a "Self Concepts" class I took in my sophomore year. An odd assortment of controversial subjects; we watched stuff like The Holocaust and Helter Skelter in class (I wonder what my parents would have said if they knew!) and were graded on ... how well we opened up, I guess. One of the lowest grades I ever got.

    I think of Karen Ann every time we watch Apollo 13, because the actress who plays Jim Lovell's wife is Kathleen Quinlan.

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    I remembered the case but not the name.
    The issue in the news was not whether the plug should be pulled but who had the legal authority to authorize or order it. The fight was between her parents and her husband.
    Please let us not argue here as to whether it should have been pulled. Touchy subject.
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