May 11, 2015 |
Years after he was exposed to Agent Orange in the steamy jungles of Vietnam, Bob Evans was prescribed morphine to kill his excruciating pain. He lived mostly in a stupor until early last year, when he began weaning himself off the addictive drug. A few months later, Evans, 66, surprised his family and friends by dancing with his daughter, Amanda, at her wedding. "I feel so much better," Evans said in an interview last month in the Mount Laurel home he shares with his wife, Donna.
December 3, 2014 |
Barbara Mancini, the Philadelphia nurse prosecuted for handing her 93-year-old dying father his prescription morphine, has quit her job and is devoting herself to advocating for state "Death With Dignity" laws. Mancini, 58, has been traveling the country, telling audiences that she was wrongly prosecuted, that her father's end-of-life wishes were clearly stated and cruelly ignored, and that the hospice involved failed him. She is haunted by what happened to her father and to her. "I'm trying in my mind to make this right for my dad. I'm doing it for him," Mancini said after speaking to 70 senior citizens at the Free Library of Philadelphia branch on Rittenhouse Square.
June 19, 2014 |
IF YOU THOUGHT Jason David Frank was an animated character as Tommy Oliver in "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers," just wait until you ask him about Wizard Con Philly 2014. "I love Wizard . . . they're there for the fans," says Frank. "They're very organized and I know what I'm getting into. I'm doing a Q&A, I have VIP Meet and Greets and I have a karate class that's free on Sunday. " "It's just the best," Frank added. "You might have one or two actors from people's favorite shows from the '80s and '90s and then have people from current shows like 'The Walking Dead.' Even kids that show up on Sunday get a chance to have something to do because . . . there's stuff for kids.
March 6, 2014 |
When the hospice nurse called police in the assisted-suicide case of Barbara Mancini, David Casarett knew he had work to do. He feared that the actions of one hospice nurse could discourage Americans from using that model of palliative care for the terminally ill, or inhibit dying people in pain from taking morphine. So Casarett, a University of Pennsylvania physician and chief medical officer of Penn-Wissahickon Hospice, teamed with law professor Thaddeus Pope, formerly of Widener University and an expert in end-of-life law, to develop ethical guidelines for hospice workers nationwide on when to report suspicions of assisted suicide.
December 6, 2013 |
A legal defense fund has been set up to help Barbara Mancini, the Philadelphia nurse charged with assisted suicide for giving her 93-year-old father morphine in February. The fund was created by Compassion & Choices, an advocacy group focused on giving dying people more control at the end of life. Mancini, 57, of Roxborough, has incurred more than $104,000 in legal fees, said her husband, Joe. "We are very grateful," he said Tuesday. He said he and his wife had paid attorney fees by draining their college fund and borrowing from family members whom they hope to repay.
October 24, 2013 |
If she lived in Oregon, Washington state, or Vermont, Barbara Mancini could have handed her terminally ill father the morphine he wanted, and there the story would have ended. But in Pennsylvania, it was just the start of a legal saga that has refueled the national debate over assisted suicide and cast the 57-year-old Philadelphia nurse as either a compassionate daughter comforting a dying man, or a criminal enabler in his death. Under the state penal code, "a person who intentionally aids or solicits another to commit suicide is guilty of a felony.
October 12, 2013 |
POTTSVILLE, Pa. - Barbara Mancini, a Philadelphia nurse charged with a felony of assisted suicide, pressured a hospice to prescribe morphine for her father with the intention of helping him end his life, Senior Deputy Attorney General Anthony Forray argued Thursday. During a hearing focused on a defense motion to dismiss the felony charge, Forray said Mancini gave her father a bottle of morphine knowing it could end his life. When the morphine didn't do the job, she asked a hospice nurse for more, Forray said.
October 1, 2013 |
The Philadelphia nurse charged with assisted suicide for giving morphine to her terminally ill, 93-year-old father has been suspended from her job without pay, run up legal fees of $90,000, and often can't sleep because she feels so angry and hurt, her husband said in an interview. "It is at times, for all of us, unbearable," Joe Mancini said, at times breaking into tears himself. Barbara Mancini, 57, was charged with aiding a suicide, a felony, on Feb. 7 in Pottsville. Her case erupted into worldwide news after her preliminary hearing on Aug. 1. She could face up to 10 years in prison.
September 19, 2013 |
The Philadelphia nurse charged with assisted suicide in the death of her terminally ill, 93-year-old father has asked a court to dismiss the case. Attorneys for Barbara Mancini, 57, on Tuesday filed the petition in Schuylkill County Court. They argued that she did nothing more than hand her father, Joe Yourshaw, his bottle of morphine at his request last February while he was in hospice care at his Pottsville home. Mancini's attorneys also contend that the state law that forbids aiding a suicide is vague; that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that dying patients have a right to all the pain relief they need even if it hastens death; and that Yourshaw's death was not a suicide because he did not die until four days later in the hospital.
August 1, 2013 |
Joe Yourshaw was 93 and in hospice care at his home in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, in February when he asked his visiting daughter for his bottle of morphine. That much appears undisputed. Now, Barbara Mancini of Philadelphia is facing prosecution for allegedly aiding her father's suicide - an allegation she denied through her lawyers. "Prosecution of Mancini is an assault on a loving daughter and a violation of a dying patient's constitutional right to pain relief," said Kathryn Tucker, a lawyer with Denver-based Compassion and Choices, an end-of-life advocacy group that is helping Mancini.