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Neurologist terms Quinlan
MORRISTOWN, New Jersey die by disconnecting the respira-
(Reuter) - A neurologist who tor that is keeping her alive.
examined Karen Anne Quinlan, She is suffering from irrepar-
the 21-year-old woman who has able brain damage.
been in a coma for six nmonths, New Jersey is contesting the
said here yesterday he found her Quinlans' suit. Diamond, a state
"too grotesque to describe in witness, told the court yester-
human terms." + day that when he examined
Dr. Sidney Diamond, professor i Quinlan a week ago he found
of neurology at the Mount Sinai her emaciated and devoid of
School of Medicine in New York I human qualities.
she can survive without the con-
tinued use of the respirator,"
Diamond said. There was no evi-
dence that she had the use of
any mental powers.
DIAMOND WAS preceded on
the witness stand by Dr. Fred
Plum, chief of neurology at New
York Hospital, who said Quin-
lan was in a "chronic vegetative
state," is without cognitive func-
tion and has virtually no hope
But she has the potential to
breathe on her own without the
respirator, he said. Doctors at-
tending Quinlan earlier told the
court they had' tried unsuccess-
fully to "wean" her from the
The young woman's parents
have the support of local Roman,
Catholic Church authorities in
their suit to allow her to die.
Mrs. Quinlan has testified that
before her daughter suffered
brain damage and fell into a
coma last April she had said
she would rather die than be
kept alive by extraordinary
Judge Robert Muir, who is
hearing the case and will rule
on it by himself, recessed court
until Monday morning.
was giving evidence on the four-
th day of a state superior court
hearing on whether Quinlan
should be allowed to live.
HER PARENTS, Joseph and
Julia Quinlan, who adopted
Quinlan, want to allow her to
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During the past six months
Quinlan's weight has dropped
from just over 120 pounds to
half that amount. Diamond said
yesterday no doctor would ever
interrupt a device that was per-
forming a life-saving measure.
"IT IS BEYOND the compe-
tence of physicians to deal with
problems relating to life. They
cannot make these decisions
themselves," he said.
But, he said, certain medical
procedures to, prolong the life
of Quinlan would be out of the
question. He gave as examples
massive blood transfusions and
There is no evidence that
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Houston dreads Halloween
poisoning, plans alternatives
HOUSTON, Tex. (AP) - Of-
ficials are promoting the idea
of "punkin' money," coupons
redeemable for candy, as one
way of reducing the risk while
keeping the fun in Halloween
Others are urging youngsters
not to go outside at all on Hal-
WHAT PARENTS and civic
leaders fear is another poisoning
case like the one last year in
which a father was convicted of
killing his 8-year-old son with
trick-or-treat candy laced with
Memories of that October hor-
ror story linger in the Houston
area where officials are encour-
aging youngsters to go to car-
nivals, parties or just stay home
instead of going door-to-door.'
"There are just too many nuts
out there to risk it any more,"
said one father.
The Houston suburbs of Bell-
aire, Missouri City, El Lago and
La Porte have officially dis-
couraged trick - or - treating. In
Deer P a r k, where O'Bryan
lived, a city carnival for some
2,000 children is planned.
OTHER OFFICIALS, who be-
lieve the trick-or-treat tradition
is too deeply ingrained to stop
altogether, are promoting the
idea of collecting "pumpkin'
Ms. Pate Nufer, a Houston
mother, suggested the idea.
Several Houston chain stores
agreed and are printing sheets
of 5-cent and 2-cent coupons that
can be redeemed at stores for
"anything but cigarettes and
beer," said Nufer.
"I DREAMED up 'punki-
nickels' for 5-cent denominations
and 'punkinduals' for 2-cent
coupons," she said. "I think it
sounds better than telling kids
t h e y' r e trick-or-treating for
Homes participating in the
coupon system will post a pic-
ture of "Jolly Jack O'Lantern."
The plan is being promoted
by the Houstonbarea Jaycees
who hope up to 200,000 elemen-
tary children in Harris County
NUFER SAID she believes the
program will "keep the fun in
Halloween, but take the fear
Ronald O'Bryan, the 30-year-
old man convicted in the case
that triggered the trick-or-treat
reforms, will spend this Hallo-
ween on Hunstville's death row
where 26 other inmates call him
"the candy man."
A Houston jury last June
found O'Bryan guilty of killing
his son to collect more than
$30,000 in life insurance. Testi-
mony revealed he distributed
five packages of poisoned candy
during a trick-or-treat outing.
He gave one each to his son and
to his daughter.
YOUNG Timothy was the only
child to sample the candy and
an autopsy showed the young-
ster ate enough cyanide to kill
O'Bryan lives by himself in a
small cell with little to occupy
his time, his attorney said.
O'Bryan has been visited by his
father and mother, but not by
his wife who testified against
him at the trial.
The case is, under appeal and
O'Bryan's attorney said his
client "is still Professing his
innocence" and "still has faith
in the system of justice."
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