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Right to die dispute ends

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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 11:30 am, Thu Oct 18, 2012.

A dispute between a terminally ill, incapacitated Flushing woman begging to be allowed to die and her pastor father reportedly ended on Wednesday when a judge granted the Rev. Man Ho Lee status as his daughter Sungeun Grace Lee’s health proxy and guardian, after the father and daughter already made amends.

The decision ends what had become a textbook right-to-life case. The 28-year-old Grace Lee was found to have a tumor on her brain stem last November, eventually suffering from a seizure last month.

Doctors at North Shore University Hospital in Long Island have said Lee is paralyzed from the neck down and terminally ill.

The former bank executive, bedridden and kept alive by a ventilator, originally requested the machinery keeping her alive be unplugged. Her father, a devout Christian pastor from Seoul, South Korea, fought her decision and requested guardianship over his daughter.

Grace Lee reportedly changed her mind and made amends with her parents over the weekend.

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