Katherine Lavoie was battling depression, and apparently tried to commit suicide on Sunday night. Her husband, Mark, called 911. Katherine Lavoie ended up on life support at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in New Hampshire. (NECN)
But Mark soon regretted calling for help: “now because of my selfishness in dialing 911, she is experiencing the only thing she feared more than her illness, life-support on a respirator.”
Around 6:03 a.m. Tuesday, Dover Police responded to a 911 call from Wentworth-Douglass Hospital reporting shots fired inside the facility. The responding officers found a Mark & Katherine Lavoie dead in a room inside the hospital’s critical care unit.
In a Facebook post, Mark indicated that his shooting was motivated by the hospital’s refusal to honor Katherine’s advance directive. “Even though I brought her living will, the doc said her wishes didn’t apply because depression isn’t a non-reversible state. I however did not see that stipulation.)”
As illustrated in similar cases like Kerrie Wooltorton, the duty to follow an advance directive after a suicide attempt remains unresolved.