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What happened to Freeda Hayes?

Author: Robin Bowles
Publisher: Sydney : Pan Macmillan, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Freeda Hayes was a suburban antique dealer, Daryl Stephens was a respected urology surgeon - separate worlds, yet their lives were destined to collide. In August 1999, Freeda Hayes was diagnosed with an aggressive form of kidney cancer. She was forty-seven. The hand of fate guided her to Dr Stephens, who performed a life-saving operation, giving her five precious months in which to say goodbye to family and friends.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Freeda Hayes
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Bowles
ISBN: 0732911494 9780732911492
OCLC Number: 223307841
Notes: "Euthanasia, murder or act of God - the true story behind the death of Freeda Hayes"--Cover sub-title.
Awards: Short-listed for Ned Kelly Awards for Australian Crime Writing: Best True Crime Category 2003
Description: xviii, 332 pages, [8] pages of plates ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue. The end of the beginning --
1. A plain brown wrapper --
2. A time to die --
3. Freeda --
4. Daryl --
5. An angel at our table --
6. The palliative position --
7. Room 6 --
The health professionals --
9. The police --
10. The investigation --
11. 'Doctor, you're under arrest' --
12. Warren and Lena --
13. The lawyers --
14. Unusual circumstances --
15. The battle of Nancy Crick --
16. Organising the show --
17. Voir dire: to speak the truth --
18. Setting the stage --
19. Beyond reasonable doubt --
20. 'Something odd in room 6' --
21. The self-serving video --
22. The hidden homicide? --
23. No case to answer? --
24. 'She was still breathing' --
25. 'A Patch Adams type of doctor' --
26. Aftermath --
Epilogue. The last word.
Responsibility: Robin Bowles.

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Freeda Hayes was a suburban antique dealer, Daryl Stephens was a respected urology surgeon - separate worlds, yet their lives were destined to collide. In August 1999, Freeda Hayes was diagnosed with an aggressive form of kidney cancer. She was forty-seven. The hand of fate guided her to Dr Stephens, who performed a life-saving operation, giving her five precious months in which to say goodbye to family and friends. The operation also forged a special bond between Freeda and her doctor. On 4 February 2000 Freeda Hayes died in a hospice, following visits from her brother, her sister - and Daryl Stephens. She had been in intense pain for some weeks, and over the last few days had repeatedly asked to be allowed to die. However, hospice staff considered her sudden death suspicious and police were notified. Two months later, Daryl Stephens and Freeda's brother and sister were arrested and all three were charged with wilful murder, a charge carrying a mandatory 15 year prison sentence. Their nightmare had begun. Debate waged about public interest being served by charging a doctor with murder when evidence was at best, circumstantial. Pro- and anti- euthanasia lobbyists joined the argument raging over the first trial in Australia of a doctor accused of murder for 'helping' a patient to die. What Happened To Freeda Hayes? is a gripping story that takes the reader to the very heart of the euthanasia debate by examining the devastating effect the tragedy of Freedas̕ illness and death had on her family and those who treated her, and moral and social issues that we must all confront in dealing with a persons̕ right to determine their own fate.

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