The following comes from a June 11 story on LifeNews.com.
From a June 11 email to Cal Catholic: “The judge based his decision partly on: ‘It would be acutely harmful for Mr. Kasem to have nutrition and hydration restored at this time. …This was at the advisement of doctors at St. Anthony’s.’
St. Anthony’s Catholic Hospital in Gig Harbor WA is part of the Franciscan Health system.”
In a case that is beginning to resemble the battle over Terri Schiavo, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel Murphy ruled that the daughter of radio announcer Casey Kasum can starve and dehydrate him to death by having his food and fluids removed. The bitter standoff between the wife of the radio icon and the children from his first marriage over whether he will be fed and hydrated has been played out in court this week.
On Monday Judge Murphy appointed an attorney who will meet with Kasem and his doctors in Washington state. Then, today, the judge granted the daughter of Casey Kasem the authority to withhold medication, food and fluids from her ailing father.
As AP reports:
A lawyer says a judge has granted the daughter of Casey Kasem the authority to withhold medication, food and fluids from her ailing father.
In the ruling Wednesday, attorney Troy Martin said, Superior Court Judge Daniel Murphy determined that giving Kasem food and fluids would be harmful and cause more pain for the 82-year-old former radio personality.
His daughter Kerri Kasem initially implemented the end-of life measures on June 6.
On Monday, Murphy ordered the reinstatement of feeding and other care while a court-appointed attorney consulted with Casey Kasem and doctors.
Martin, an attorney for Kerri Kasem, said that ruling was reversed on Wednesday.
The New York Daily News, which first reported the ruling, said Kasem’s wife of 34 years, Jean Kasem, stormed out of court after Murphy’s decision.
She and Kerri Kasem have been involved in a dispute over care.
“The court’s decision today upheld our father’s explicit wishes as expressed by him in his health directive,” Kerri Kasem said in a statement after the hearing. She was referring to a directive her father signed in 2007, saying he would not want to be kept alive if it “would result in a mere biological existence, devoid of cognitive function, with no reasonable hope for normal functioning.”
Steve Haney, the attorney for Jean Kasem, alleged Kerri Kasem’s motives were entirely different. She “could cash in immediately” on her share of a $2 million life insurance policy when he dies,” CNN reported.
“Only God knows when to take someone,” she said.
Kasem’s voice counted down the American Top 40 hits each week for nearly four decades in a radio show heard around the world. He voiced the cartoon character Shaggy on Scooby-Doo cartoons for 40 years.
To read the entire LifeNews story, click here.