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Christine Busalacchi Moved From State-Run Hospital

February 19, 1993

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Christine Busalacchi, a severely brain-damaged woman whose father has been fighting to allow her to die, was moved Thursday from a state-run hospital that refused to allow her life support to be removed.

The 22-year-old woman was transported to Barnes Hospital, a private hospital where her father, Peter Busalacchi, could decide to have her life support systems removed.

A Barnes spokesman said a team of neurologists would evaluate her medical condition. The hospital said no further information would be released.

Peter Busalacchi’s lawyer, William Colby of Kansas City, Mo., released a statement Thursday confirming that Ms. Busalacchi had been moved to Barnes and asking that the family’s privacy be respected.

Ms. Busalacchi had been at state-run Midtown Habilitation Center since April 1991. The hospital, under a policy of the Missouri Department of Mental Health, had barred the family from removing life support.

But department spokesman Bob Bax has said the agency would not stand in the way of any efforts by Busalacchi to move his daughter.

Ms. Busalacchi has been at the center of a long-running right-to-die case.

The state, under former Attorney General William Webster, had tried to bar her father from moving her out of state or removing her life support.

Last month, the Missouri Supreme Court dismissed the case, affirming Peter Busalacchi’s right to take her from the hospital or to remove her life support.

Earlier this month, a St. Louis County judge dismissed a petition by a woman who wanted to replace Peter Busalacchi as his daughter’s guardian.

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