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Fight over cancer-stricken woman's right to die

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The parents of a terminally ill Queens woman are waging a court battle to keep her on life support.

Grace Sung Eun Lee, 28, has reportedly said she wants to die but her parents, the Rev. Manho Lee and Jin-ah Lee, obtained a temporary court order to keep the tubes in.

Doctors at Long Island's North Shore University Hospital said they would like to respect Lee's wishes and remove her feeding and breathing tubes.

But Lee's devout Christian parents say that would be suicide and would keep her from going to heaven.

The Korean immigrants also say heavy medications have clouded their daughters thinking.

They posted a video on YouTube on Thursday that, they say, shows their daughter wants to live.

In it, Lee is asked, "When do you want to leave for the nursing home?"  and her answer is "Now."

David Smith is a court appointed lawyer working on the Queens woman's behalf.

"She understands she will die if the ventilator is disconnected and that is not only what she wants but she wants it right now," Smith says.

Before she became ill with brain cancer last year, Lee was working as a financial manager and was training to run the New York City Marathon. Now she is paralyzed.

"No one questions the depth of their commitment or the depth of their love to their daughter, Smith says.  "It is none-the-less, it is the leading contributing factor to both her anxiety and lack of peace as the dying process is occurring."

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