The Curious Autodidact

February 23, 2015

Women Hero: Barbara Mancini, Daughter, Nurse, Advocate

Filed under: end of life,social justice,women heroes — Honilima @ 12:19 pm


Barbara Mancini is a former Pennsylvania Emergency Room nurse who was caught up in a legal tangle for over a year after caring for her elderly father at the end of his life.

It is everyone’s worst nightmare to see a loved one suffering without relief and ending up in court for a year costing over $100,000 in legal frees and losing one’s livelihood as the result of what you saw as the most loving of care. Fortunately in February 2013 charges against her were dismissed and she is now a national spokesperson for Compassion and Choices.

Here is an interview about her case on the Diane Rehm show from 2013, a link to her case’s details on the Compassion and Choices website, and an article about Brittany Maynard reaching out to her at the very end of her life. Here is the segment that the CBS show 60 Minutes did on her too.


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