Only a few days after a judge ordered a feeding tube be given to ailing radio personality Casey Kasem, the motion was reversed - with the judge granting Kerri Kasem the authority to implement end-of-life measures for her father.
Kerri has since stopped all food and fluids to the 82-year-old, explaining the reasoning behind her difficult decision on Facebook.
"For people who do not understand the natural dying process: Giving food and water to a dying body creates pain and further suffering. The body does not want or require food or water anymore in the dying process," she wrote on June 11.
"My father can no longer digest foods and fluids fill his lungs up and will suffocate him," she revealed, clarifying that her father is still on pain medication.
Kerri added that the court's decision "upheld our father's explicit wishes as expressed by him in his health directive," and said the family has gathered around him in his final days.
"For the last 11 days, our father has been surrounded day and night by love and care by his daughters Kerri and Julie, his son Mike, his brother Mouner and sister-in-law Mary, and his dear friend Gonzalo Venecia," the 35-year-old wrote.
"We continue to hope that Jean and [her daughter] Liberty will come join his family during this time," she also stated.
Jean Kasem, Casey's wife, has continually been at odds with her husband's children and was adamantly opposed to the removal of the feeding tube. She stormed out of court Wednesday after hearing the judge's decision.
The "American Top 40" host has been suffering from a form of Lewy Body dementia, which causes symptoms similar to Alzheimer's disease.
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