Terminally ill woman wins court battle to remove respirator, then decides not to

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 6:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 6:04am

A terminally ill woman who was given court permission to remove her respirator has decided she wants to stay on life support.

The woman, Sungeun Grace Lee, 28, is paralyzed from the waist down at a hospital on suburban Long Island.

An appeals court had ruled Friday that she could be taken off the machines after she said it was what she wanted.

The court order rejected a request by her parents seeking to prevent it.

Lee's lawyer David Smith said that Lee said Saturday she wanted to make peace with her family and God and will stay on life support.

"Grace and her parents have all been trying very hard to make the transition back from plaintiff and defendant, which family should never be, to parents and dying daughter," Smith said.

Before she became ill with brain cancer last year Lee worked as a financial manager.  

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