Sara

Horseheads New York

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Where does one have to turn when you become disabled, vulnerable or old and become unlawfully a victim of the system? There are no kind words for the injustice that Chemung County New York has visited upon my husband, Gary Harvey and me.

My husband a veteran who served his country and fought for our freedom is being denied his.

Until January 2006, my husband was leading a normal life. I am telling this story on behalf of a “Person”. Not a corporation, not a piece of “Human Capital” and definitely not a legal instrumentality for quasi-corporate monetary gain. I am talking about a man named Gary Harvey. Although Gary Harvey is still a living person, he has not been treated as such since 2006 when he fell down a flight of stairs and sustained traumatic brain injury. Sometime later, his prognosis worsened into a vegetative condition, but this would only be the beginning of his nightmare.

Gary was placed in Chemung County Nursing Facility - and a familiar battle began. I started complaining about the quality of care - or lack thereof. After pushing their own allegations, the facility was successful [in 2007] in having myself deemed "unsuitable” as my husband's guardian, severely limiting contact and removing any right to make decisions on his behalf.

From that point forward, I have been struggling against all odds to save my husband from what I fear could be the same fate that confronted the Schindler family’s beloved Terri Schindler Schiavo. After my husband’s constant trips to the ER in May 2009 he was deemed never to return back to Chemung County Nursing Facility after unknown, unexplained occurrences that destined him confined to St. Joseph hospital where in conjunction with his court appointed “protectors” attempted to end his life in May, 2009 and were success in attaching an unlawful DNR on him while his attorney coached the “protectors” how to do it, and his knowledge of my husband’s wishes.