Woman in Right-to-Die Fight Dies: Report

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013  |  Updated 9:10 AM EDT
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Ailing Queens Woman Opts to Stay on Respirator

Sungeun Grace Lee, a terminally ill Queens woman, has decided she wants to stay on life support.
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A terminally ill Queens woman who won a court battle to go off her respirator but then changed her mind has died, according to a published report.

The brother of Sungeun Grace Lee told the Daily News his sister passed away Sunday after the ventilator keeping her alive stopped working properly.

"We believe that God took her. We don't blame anyone," he told the paper. He said she was happy in the days before she died.

Lee, who was in a deep coma, left a Long Island hospital in November to spend her final months at home with her family.

She was involved in a public fight with her family last fall that pitted her wishes to die against those of her religious parents, who fought to keep her alive.

An appeals court ruled that she could be taken off life support after she said it was what she wanted. The court order rejected requests by her parents seeking to prevent it. 

Lee then changed her mind and remained on a ventilator in her final months. Her brother told the Daily News that relatives realized the machine was making a strange sound on Saturday, but were unable to get a replacement over the weekend.

 

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