Beaten Wife Dies After Feeding Stopped
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 5, 2005
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA--Maria Korp died early Friday morning, just 10 days after she stopped receiving food and water through a feeding tube.
Victorian Public Advocate Julian Gardner, the guardian who ordered Korp's feedings to end on July 27, told a local radio station that Korp clearly "died because of her injuries."
Korp, 50, had been in the hospital in what doctors described as a "vegetative state" since February, after she was found beaten and stuffed into the trunk of a car belonging to her husband's former lover, Tania Herman.
Herman, 38, was sentenced to a nine-year prison term after admitting that she strangled Korp and left her for dead in the trunk. Herman said Korp's husband, Joe, had told her to commit the crime.
Joe Korp, 48, has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, and intentionally causing serious injury.
Police did not say whether they would upgrade Mr. Korp's attempted murder charge to murder following his wife's death.
Mrs. Korp's feeding tube was not removed, unlike that of Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman who in March died of dehydration 13 days after her feeding tube was surgically removed.
Some doctors had said that five months would have been too soon after a serious brain injury to accurately determine a patient's prognosis.
Australia's Northern Territory passed the world's first voluntary euthanasia laws in 1996. A year later the national parliament overturned them.
Disability groups around the world have opposed measures to legalize "mercy killing" and assisted suicide. They argue that, among other things, such laws put people with the most serious disabilities at the most risk of being killed or being pressured to kill themselves.
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