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Karen Ann Quinlan
Birth: Mar. 29, 1954
Death: Jun. 11, 1985

Karen Ann Quinlan fell into a coma in April 1975, allegedly after mixing drugs and alcohol at a party. After she had been on a respirator and a feeding tube for about a year, her family asked hospital authorities to remove her from life support; the hospital refused. Her case was one of the first to call attention to the "right to die" debate nationally. The Quinlans were finally granted permission from the New Jersey Supreme Court to remove Karen from life support in 1976; amazingly, she lived on in a coma for another 8+ years until she died of pneumonia in 1985. (bio by: Joel Manuel) 
 
Burial:
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
East Hanover
Morris County
New Jersey, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Joel Manuel
Record added: Jun 11, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6497327
Karen Ann Quinlan
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Karen Ann Quinlan
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Karen Ann Quinlan
Added by: Rich H.
 
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Someone remembers, someone cares. Your name is whispered in someone's prayers
- angel wings
 Added: Aug. 5, 2014

- Lora Peppers
 Added: Aug. 4, 2014
I actually was your age at the very same time you went into a coma......I was as well. They did not think I would survive but miraculously I did. I often think of you and wish you could have survived as well. Rest in Peace, Karen!
- Karen L. Demmy
 Added: Aug. 1, 2014
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