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Widow Seeks To Keep Alive Right-To-Die Petition

January 18, 1985

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) _ Carole Devey Tweed, whose husband died three weeks ago after 21 months in a coma, says she continue to pursue her right-to-die petition to clarify the law for people in similar situations.

Mrs. Tweed, 26, of Hellertown, said she will ask a judge on Monday to consider her request to be her husband’s guardian with the power to end life- support measures, including antibiotics.

Her 27-year-old husband, Gerald Tweed, died Jan. 2 of respiratory failure at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was admitted comatose after his motorcycle was hit by a car in Allentown.

″I feel very strongly,″ Mrs. Tweed said. ″Gerry was very much a fighter of a person, and I feel he would continue the suit.″

James Omdahl, her attorney, said he will ask Judge Robert Freedberg of Northampton County Court to schedule a hearing on the petition.

The dead man’s mother, Janet Tweed of Philadelphia, had opposed the petition and her attorney, Frank Doocey, said the request was absurd.

″Nobody could be appointed guardian of Gerald Tweed now,″ Doocey said. ″He is deceased.″

Tweed’s widow, an elementary school teacher, petitioned on Oct. 10 to be named her husband’s legal guardian. The petition was supported by her husband’s two sisters and one brother.

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