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New York Woman Continues Fight to Bring Veteran Husband Home -- From Local Catholic Hospital
Date:5/13/2010

authorities took over his guardianship, separating Mrs. Harvey from any decision making process for her husband's health and medical welfare.

When Mrs. Harvey was forced to cancel an insurance policy on her husband out of financial necessity, a St. Joseph Hospital ethics committee, which included only one doctor, met with the Chemung County guardian and decided to terminate Gary Harvey's life by removing his Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) and dehydrating and starving him to death. Mrs. Harvey was not permitted to attend the meeting.

In May of 2009, a hospital ethics committee at St. Joseph Hospital in Elmira, New York, recommended the removal of Gary Harvey's feeding tube. The Chemung County Attorney's Office then filed the motion to remove the feeding tube in early June. State Supreme Court Judge Judith O'Shea denied the request to remove nutrition and hydration, citing lack of evidence for such a request and allowed the county Attorney's Office ten days to return with sufficient evidence. (Chemung County Index no: 2006-1578 RJI no: 2006-0275). In July the county Attorney's Office withdrew the request, according to a letter from Assistant County Attorney Donald Thomson.

Advocacy organizations, the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation (TSSF), the National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse (NASGA) and Veterans Today have become publicly involved in order to bring Gary Harvey home under his wife's care. In a January, 2010 letter to Bishop Matthew Clark in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, '/>"/>

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