Andrea Clark Has Passed Away

Sadly, Andrea Clark has passed away. Her sister Melanie Childers posted this message at the Democratic Underground a couple of hours ago:

“Andrea passed away peacefully a little before 3pm today, with her family and her friends at her bedside. We love her so very much and we are going to miss her terribly. We hope that the battle that we fought for our sister will bring to light and bear witness to the horrible acts committed in the name of ethics in hospitals across the state of Texas.

The fact that we had to fight this battle is both frightening and a sad commentary on the so-called “ethics” now being practiced in medical facilities in this state. The battle for life is a difficult one, in the best of situations, but when a family is put through what we had to go through at such a time, it is especially agonizing.

We wish so much that we could have spent more time at our sister’s side, when she was living and fighting for her life, rather than having to visit our attorney’s office, give interviews to radio and television stations to let the public know of the atrocity about to befall Andrea, and literally stand outside the hospital and beg them not to kill our sister. In attempting to deprive Andrea of the most basic of her human rights–life–St. Luke’s Hospital managed to deprive her family and her of that which is most dear to us all, when we are faced with the death of a loved one: a proper goodbye.

How, in the name of God, anyone can call putting someone to death when they are at their most helpless and begging for their lives “ethical,” we cannot imagine.”

I didn’t hear about Andrea’s death until after 12 PM EST, so I’ve had no opportunity to find out any details about what her cause of death turned out to be. As I find out more, I’ll let you know. In any case, I’d like to send my sincere condolences to Andrea’s friends and family in this difficult time. I know it has to be tough for them right now, but at least they can take some comfort in the fact that because they fought the good fight, Andrea had a fighting chance in the end, instead of having her life support cut off.

Also see,

An Andrea Clark Update: Out Of The Danger Zone?
Once Again, Time Is Running Out For Andrea Clark
St Luke’s Reneges: Andrea Clark’s Life Is Still In Jeopardy
Andrea Clark’s Life Has Been Spared
Some Good News On The Andrea Clark Front
Time Is Running Out For Andrea Clark
An Andrea Clarke Update
The Sad Case Of Andrea Clarke

*** Update #1 ***: According to the Houston Chronicle,

Andrea Clark, a Friendswood woman whose case attracted national attention, succumbed to complications from heart disease Sunday at 3 p.m. Two sisters, her brother and her son were at her side.

…Clark, 54, was unable to fight off a severe infection Sunday. She had been in multi-organ failure.

Also, Andrea’s sister Lanore Dixon asked me to post this:

John,

Our sister, Andrea Clark, passed away at 3 pm yesterday, May 7, 2006.

We will miss our sister, but we are grateful that she was allowed to pass from this world in the way that she wanted.

We will be forever grateful for all the prayers and help offered on behalf of our sister.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 am. Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at the old Seabrook Cemetery, in Seabrook, TX Services are being handled by Hays Funeral Home of Hitchcock, TX.

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