Terminally ill woman pitted against parents in 'right-to-die' fight

WOODBURY - A woman who used to run marathons but is now paralyzed and confined to a Long Island hospital bed is caught in the middle of a "right-to-die" battle that involves medical ethics, religion and culture. Grace Sung Eun Lee, 28, has inoperable cancer of the brain stem. She's being kept on life support at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. Her court-appointed attorney says she has stated, "I want to die." The lawyer says every competent adult patient has the right to direct their own medical fate. But her Korean family believes it's suicide, and they're waging a court battle to keep her alive. A judge has ruled the woman is competent to decide her own fate, meaning she could order her support system to be removed, but a stay was issued while the decision is being appealed. The family believes their daughter is being pressured into death by doctors who were likely trying to comfort her.

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