[Hpn] DENDRITE: Stop Forced Electroshock of Kathleen Garrett!

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Subject: DENDRITE: Stop Forced Electroshock of Kathleen Garrett!
From: Martijn Dekker <martijn@inlv.demon.nl>
Date: 2000/08/24
Newsgroups: alt.flame.psychiatry,alt.society.mental-health,soc.rights.human,alt.activism.community
Forwarding FYI.

- M.


Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2000 16:51:11 -0700
To: dendrite@efn.org
From: "www.MindFreedom.org DENDRITE" <dendron@efn.org>
Subject: DENDRITE: Stop Forced Electroshock of Kathleen Garrett!
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www.MindFreedom.org DENDRITE -- August 23, 2000
COPY & POST to appropriate places on & off Internet:
ALERT: human rights & "mental health system."
A free project of Support Coalition International.
http://www.MindFreedom.org email:<office@mindfreedom.org>
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      SIXTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD MOTHER IS BEING
      ELECTROSHOCKED **RIGHT NOW** AGAINST HER WILL!

      SHE RECEIVED FORCED ELECTROSHOCK MONDAY, AND TODAY.
      "TEN TO TWELVE MORE PROCEDURES ARE PLANNED."

      YOU CAN E-MAIL TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE HOSPITAL
      TO FIGHT FOR KATHLEEN GARRETT'S HUMAN RIGHTS!

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI -- A 66-year-old woman is
currently undergoing forced electroshock, against
her own wishes and those of her family. Kathleen
Garrett received involuntary electroshock on Monday,
August 21, 2000 and today, August 23, 2000. Between
ten to twelve more forced shocks are planned.

Kathleen Garrett has endured a lot in the last year
-- two cancer surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation.
Depressed, she voluntarily checked herself into
Southpoint Hospital in St. Louis, where her doctor,
Ricky Mofsen, informed her he would be performing
"electroshock therapy."

She refused the treatments, having undergone shock
in the past. The doctor immediately took her case to
a judge, who ruled he could perform the treatments
against her will.

Steve Vance, the woman's son and primary care giver,
brought an attorney to the hearing. Vance said his
mother was heavily drugged and deliberately unkempt
as they wheeled her in on a gurney to meet the
judge. The judge ruled the woman was competent, but
that the forced electroshock could go on as planned.

"She's gone through so much in the last year," Vance
said. "I'm so afraid this latest is going to just do
her in and ruin her mind completely. I tried
discussing this all with her doctor, but he avoids
me. In fact, they weren't going to tell me she was
having the shock treatments at all. My mother has
repeatedly insisted she does not want these
treatments."

Vance is a licensed social worker and says the
doctor has refused to meet with him to discuss his
mother's treatment. He added that during the first
shock, a few days ago, the machine broke, and they
transferred his mother to DesPeres Hospital. At the
time of this news release, she has had two
treatments and is scheduled for ten to twelve more.

"When are they going to stop?" asked Vance. "When
they've totally fried her mind?"

"People like to say forced electroshock doesn't
happen in the United States," said ect activist Juli
Lawrence, also of St. Louis. "It happens much more
than we'd like to believe. In the last year, I've
stepped in on several forced electroshock cases. In
every case, the patient was perfectly competent,
aware, and able to make an informed decision. But
because these doctors made up their minds to forge
ahead, they weren't allowed to have a choice."

The federal Center for Mental Health Services and
the President's National Council on Disability (NCD)
have both released reports admitting that, from time
to time, some individuals in the USA do receive the
controversial electroshock procedure *against* their
expressed wishes. Earlier this year, the NCD issued
a call to end electroshock all together. 
Lawrence said that people are encouraged to contact
her organization via her website, http://www.ect.org
or by e-mail at Juli@ect.org.

"How about the many people out there who don't have
access to the Internet, or don't have a family
member or friend who is willing to do everything
possible in the way that Steve Vance has? Forced
electroshock is real. It is happening across
America. And it's got to stop," Lawrence said.

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     ACTION *** ACTION *** ACTION

Here's an easy way you can help now:

Email, call and/or fax to the CEO of the hospital
that is giving this woman forced electroshock:

Michele Meyer, CEO
DesPeres Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri

Email: michele.meyer@tenethealth.com
Phone: (314) 966-9135
Fax: (314) 966-9274

Please keep your message civil.
Please COPY your message to: Juli@ect.org

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SAMPLE MESSAGE:

To: Michele Meyer <michele.meyer@tenethealth.com>
Copy: <Juli@ect.org>

"Stop forced electroshock in DesPeres Hospital! Stop
the forced electroshock of Kathleen Garrett! Even
her son and caretaker is against this forced
electroshock! I request an immediate response."

Optional: Include your name, address, phone, e-mail.

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     ADDITIONAL ACTIONS *** ADDITIONAL ACTIONS

Media contacts:

Television:
KMOV (CBS) Channel 4
Phone: 314-444-6333
Fax: 314-621-4775
email (newstip): news_suggest_no@kmov.com

KSDK (NBC) Channel 5
Phone: 314-444-5125
Fax:  314-444-5164
email: newstips@ksdk.com

KPLR (WB) Channel 11
Phone: 314-367-7216
Email: 11news@kplr.com

KTVI (Fox) Channel 2
Email: ktvinews@fox.com

KDNL (ABC) Channel 30
Phone: (314) 436-3030

Print media:

_The Post Dispatch_ reporters:

Social Justice Reporter: Ron Harris
314-340-8382
e-mail: rharris@postnet.com

Health Reporter: Adam Goodman
314-340-8204
e-mail: agoodman@postnet.com

ALL OF THE ABOVE:

If you can help e-mail all the above contacts,
just copy and paste this whole list:

michele.meyer@tenethealth.com, Juli@ect.org,
news_suggest_no@kmov.com, newstips@ksdk.com,
11news@kplr.com, ktvinews@fox.com,
rharris@postnet.com, agoodman@postnet.com

[This news release provided by "ect.org," one of 88
Sponsor Groups in Support Coalition.]

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