A judge Saturday ordered that a severely brain-damaged woman be fed again while a Christian group appeals his earlier ruling affirming her right to die. Feedings quickly resumed.
Doctors had expected Sue Ann Lawrance, 42, to die within a few days. Judge Jerry M. Barr of Hamilton County Superior Court had let the woman's parents remove her feeding tubes on May 3.In a meeting Saturday in Barr's chambers, the woman's family and a right-to-life attorney agreed to resume feeding the woman for 21 days.
Barr then granted an emergency stay of his order so that Patti Mullins, a lawyer for the Christian Fellowship for the Disabled, could file an appeal with state Supreme Court or the Court of Appeals.
"I'm still very comfortable with my (original) decision," Barr said. "But it may be that others may want to have it reviewed. And I certainly have no objection to its being reviewed."
Feedings quickly resumed Saturday, said Marty Rugh, spokeswoman for St. Vincent Hospice Center, where Lawrance is staying.
Lawrance has suffered progressively debilitating brain disorders since childhood and lapsed into a persistent vegetative state after a 1987 fall. She isn't medically "brain dead," but doctors say there's no hope she'll recover.