September 4, 2008

Family Fights Over Woman’s Life Support

A Florida court holds in its hands the life of a 57-year-old woman, whose husband and mother disagree over whether she should be taken off life support.

Karen Weber has been in a partial vegetative state since suffering a stroke in December, WPBF-TV, Palm Beach, Fla., reports.

Weber is currently hospitalized on a feeding tube. Her husband, Raymond Weber, wants the tube removed to allow her to die.

"She has pneumonia," he said. "She has colostomy bags. She has a breathing apparatus."

Karen's mother, Martha Tatro, is fighting to keep her daughter alive.

"I've told her she could live out the rest of her life and she would never have to worry about anything and I will protect her," Tatro was quoted as saying.

"I've been her husband for 34 years, so why shouldn't I have guardianship," Raymond Weber said at a guardianship hearing.

A final decision in the case is expected in about a month. In the meantime, an injunction to stop the removal of the feeding tube remains in place.