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Queens woman who fought to be taken off life support dies


| editorial@queenscourier.com


A Queens woman who fought her parents in court over her right to be taken off life support has reportedly died.

The 28-year-old’s mother told the AP that her daughter, Sungeun Grace Lee, passed away at home Sunday.

According to her, Lee’s funeral service will be held Thursday at the Antioch Missionary Church in Flushing where Lee’s father is a pastor.

A paralyzed brain cancer patient, Lee had made major headlines over her original desire to die by being released of life support measures, despite a push from her parents to keep her alive and ensuing legal battles to take over her right to make medical decisions.

Lee’s highly devout parents — Man Ho Lee and his wife, Jin Ah Lee — feared their daughter’s decision to remove vital breathing and feeding tubes would be suicide and a sin, reports said. Her father, who argued Lee’s state rendered her incompetent, had been fighting in court to be her legal guardian, but dropped the case on October 9 of last year.

According to a YouTube video the family posted on October 4, their daughter no longer wanted to be taken off of life support and was willing to sign her medical proxy over to her father.

 

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After court battle, woman opts to stay alive


| mchan@queenscourier.com


A terminally ill Douglaston woman has decided to stay on life support, according to several published reports, after an appeals court ruling last Friday found her family could not veto her decision to pull her own plug.

Grace Sung Eun Lee — a paralyzed brain cancer patient — had made major headlines over the last few weeks over her original desire to die by being released of life support measures, despite a push from her parents to keep her alive and ensuing legal battles to take over her right to make medical decisions.

Lee’s highly devout parents — Man Ho Lee, a pastor of Antioch Missionary Church in Flushing, and his wife, Jin Ah Lee — feared their daughter’s decision to remove vital breathing and feeding tubes would be suicide and a sin, reports said. Her father, who argued Lee’s current state renders her incompetent, had been fighting in court to be her legal guardian but dropped the case Tuesday, October 9.

The 28-year-old has renewed her will to live, according to a YouTube video the family posted that shows Lee verbally communicating that she wants to be moved immediately to a nursing home. The 24 second clip published Thursday, October 4, also shows Lee saying she is willing to sign her medical proxy over to her father.

Lee’s lawyer could not be reached for comment. Her father, who speaks limited English, only told The Courier he believes his daughter is “getting better.”