Karen Ann Quinlan
May 27, 2004
October 10, 2011
Claim to fame:
This tragic case of an accidental overdose resulted in the national controversy regarding the "right to die".
In 1974 the New Jersey Supreme Court tackled this issue under the eyes of a nation. All the while young Karen Ann Quinlan lay comatose on a respirator while her distraught parents fought the law and tabloid sensationalism to let thier daughter "die with dignity".
After much legal wrangling Karen Ann was finally weaned from the respirator-only to begin breathing on her own!!
Where are they now?
Karen was transferred to a nursing home in june 1976. Although nearly "vegative" and requiring tube feedings and a tracheostomy Karen Ann Quinlan remained in a locked room in a county nursing home. Sequestered from the public and presumed dead by many Karen Ann Quinlan "lived" for nearly 10 years prior to her death in 1985.