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After court battle, woman opts to stay alive


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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.”

Queens Afternoon Roundup


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The Afternoon Roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Cloudy with occasional showers, with a high of 55. Winds light and variable, 50% chance of rain. Sunday night: Rain ending, partial clearing overnight, with a low of 44. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

As daughter prepares for dangerous brian surgery, Queens dad has heart attack at her bedside

It was a complication no one could have predicted. Queens schoolgirl Khosboo Persaud, stricken with epilepsy since infancy, was about to undergo delicate brain surgery that could end her crippling seizures. Even with six doctors in the operating room at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell, there was a tiny chance something could go wrong, like bleeding or a stroke. As it turned out, the real medical crisis happened hours before the 12-year-old went under the knife, while her team was wrapping up preop testing. Khosboo’s father, Mohabir, had a heart attack. Read More: Daily News

 New York City Housing Authority finally placing cameras at the Pomonok Houses in Queens, but mostly in areas where there is no crime

It seems like a no-brainer — put the cameras where the crime is. But that’s not what happened at the Pomonok Houses in Queens, a Daily News examination found. In late 2009, tenants at the public housing project got local politicians to set aside $700,000 for cameras they were told would be installed throughout the complex. Years passed as NYCHA tried to figure out how to best spend the taxpayers’ money. After all that planning, the residents learned in the last few weeks a sobering fact — only 13 of Pomonok’s 35 buildings will get cameras. And most perplexing of all, most will be placed in areas where there’s no crime. Read More: Daily News

Toddler remains found buried in L.I. backyard

Police have discovered what they believe to be the remains of Justin Kowalczic, a missing 17-month-old boy in Farmingdale, Long Island. According to investigators, Kowalczic’s remains were found buried in the backyard of the home Justin’s mother Heather Kowalczik rented with her boyfriend and their two other children. The search for Justin was ignited Wednesday. Read More: NBC NY

NYPD cop who shot unarmed GCP driver was ‘fearing for his life,’ sources say

The cop insists he was “fearing for his life.” Elite NYPD unit Detective Hassan Hamdy believed that Army National Guardsman Noel Polanco “was reaching for a weapon” right before Hamdy shot the unarmed Queens man during a traffic stop on the Grand Central Parkway, sources familiar with the cop’s account told The Post yesterday. Read More: NY Post

Paralyzed woman from Queens now wants life support

A Queens woman who was given the right to be taken off her respirator now says she wants to live, according to her lawyer. 28-year-old Sungeun Grace Lee is paralyzed from the neck down from a brain tumor and Friday, a Brooklyn Appellate court ruled she could be discontinued from life support. Read More: Fox NY

 

Queens Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Saturday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 75. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph. Possible afternoon showers. Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low of 48. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Unarmed Guardsman shot by NYPD wanted to be a cop: mother

The unarmed Army National Guardsman who was pulled over on a Queens road and fatally shot by a cop yesterday wanted to become a police officer. “That was his dream,” Noel Polanco’s mother Cecilia told The Post today. Palanco’s 15-year-old sister Amanda Reyes said Polanco always wanted to help people. Read More: NY Post

Queens community taking stand against Neo-Nazi group

A Queens community is taking a stand against a hate group looking to move into their neighborhood. Neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn announced in late September that they would be opening up a headquarters in New York. Officials say there are reports of Golden Dawn activity as well as sighting of their literature around Astoria. Read More: NY1

Court supports Queens woman’s right to die

The state’s highest court has sided with a terminally ill Queens woman waging a legal battle with her parents over her decision to be taken off life support. A brain-stem tumor has paralyzed 28-year-old Grace Sung Eun Lee from the neck down, and she depends on a tube to eat and one to breathe. The court’s decision Friday clears the way for Lee to chose to end her life. Read More: NBC NY

Drop in jobless figure gives jolt to race for president

The jobless rate abruptly dropped in September to its lowest level since the month President Obama took office, indicating a steadier recovery than previously thought and delivering another jolt to the presidential campaign. Read More: NY Times

CC Sabathia, Yankees open ALDS Sunday against Baltimore Orioles and Camden Yards

BRING ON THE BIRDS. The Yankees can finally begin preparing for their American League division series after the Orioles dispatched the Rangers in the AL’s  first ever wild-card game Friday night. After holding off the surging Orioles for the AL East title over the final month, the Yankees must now travel to Baltimore for the first two games of the best-of-five first round. Read More: Daily News

 

 

Queens Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 82. West wind 5 to 8 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: A Night of Traditional Irish Music

Performers include John Munnelly, an award-winning songwriter and musician specializing in up-tempo, honest, often raw, uncensored songs, and Michael Brunnock, who is known for clear crispness and clipped tones, arranged melodies and a heart-filled soul. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens couple accused of shaking their baby to death want trial, reject plea deal

A Queens couple accused of shaking their infant daughter to death rejected a plea bargain this morning, saying though their lawyer that they “look forward” to going to trial. Hang Bin Li, 28, and his common-law wife Ying Li, 23, were arrested months after their daughter, Annie, died in October 2007 from brain damage which doctors say were sustained from Shaken Baby Syndrome. Read more: NY Post

Cancer-stricken woman, 28, fights for right to die

The parents of a terminally ill New York City woman are waging a court battle over whether to keep her on life support. A brain-stem tumor has paralyzed 28-year-old Grace Sung Eun Lee from the neck down, and she depends on a tube to eat and one to breathe. Read more: NBC NY

Carey beefs up security after Nicki Minaj allegedly threatens to ‘shoot’ her

When did “American Idol” become “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”? Singer Mariah Carey today said she has beefed up her personal security after fellow-judge Nicki Minaj allegedly threatened to shoot her at an “Idol” audition this week in Charlotte, N.C. And Minaj immediately jumped on Twitter to mock Carey for keeping the incident alive. Read more: NY Post

NHL cancels first two weeks of regular season

As a result of its ongoing player lockout, the National Hockey League is canceling regular-season games through October 24, the league announced Thursday. The season was scheduled to start October 11, but recent meetings between representatives for the players union and the NHL have failed to produce a collective bargaining agreement. Read more: CNN

Louis Armstrong House Museum hires the historic site’s first curator

The Louis Armstrong House Museum has named its first curator for the famous jazzman’s Corona home, museum officials announced this week. David Reese formerly worked as curator for Gracie Mansion under four different New York City mayors from Ed Koch to Mayor Bloomberg. Read more: Daily News