Living Will Symposium

By: Kelly Sparks
By: Kelly Sparks

Hundreds of people lined up inside Barnes and Noble bookstore in Bowling Green, to make their final wishes known by completing a living will.

“My mom has been on a ventilator 3 times and I don’t want to live that way.”

Morgantown native, Walter Rhodes wants to make sure all of his paperwork is in order so there’s no question if something should happen to him. That’s why he and his wife decided to take advantage of Saturday’s free opportunity to make a living will.

“This way if something happens to her I would have it, and I’m going to give to make a copy and give it to the hospital, and our doctor.”

Rhodes, says another convincing factor was the Terri Schiavo case. Terri was the 41-year old brain damaged woman who became the centerpiece of a national right-to-die battle.

The Florida woman was unable to eat or swallow and was kept alive by a feeding tube.

Her husband, Michael Schiavo fought for years to remove the feeing tube and allow Terri to “die naturally,” but her parents didn’t agree.

Since Terri didn’t have a living will her wishes were not known and a bitter dispute between her family began about whether she should live or die.

Terri Schiavo’s husband, Michael won that case Terri’s feeding tube was pulled in March, she died almost two weeks after the tube was pulled.


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