Gary Harvey's case presents an unusual advocacy challenge. Never before have I been asked to assist a family who does not even have guardianship of their vulnerable-patient loved one. The chances for success under such a severe limitation are viewed as being low to nil, including by at least one person from inside my own private network of volunteer advocacy workers. But those of us who are not intimidated by statistical hurdles are here to do something to dramatically change those odds – in Gary's favor. To us, rising up against and overcoming such bitter odds is what in part defines our work.
This is a bizarre, deeply disturbing case of guardianship dispute in which complete strangers, completely unknown to the patient, have completely taken control of this man's life, health, money, and even his marriage in effect. The guardianship is being coldly wielded not only in sheer defiance of the patient's wife and closest loved one, but also in appalling defiance of medical decency and fairness. A dubious court-appointed, so-called "guardian" from Elmira, NY and her web of collaborators in Chemung County have further conducted themselves in a highly questionable manner that suggests not only the possibility of financial exploitation but serious medical endangerment as well for this brain-injured disabled man.
Perhaps most telling is the fact that this supposed guardian flatly and repeatedly refuses to allow and arrange an outside independent medical second opinion that would provide a revealing *objective* assessment of the truth about the 'treatments' and non-treatment that have been pursued under the present so-called "care" of Mr. Harvey.
This is beyond suspicious.
Gary's beloved wife just wants him to get a medically very appropriate second opinion and opportunity to access some prominent doctors in the field of brain injury who just might be able to help her husband get a little better and hopefully come home. What is wrong with that? Nothing. What would be right about that? Everything.
Thus begins a new phase of advocacy efforts on behalf of Gary E. Harvey of Horseheads, New York: It is not on technical legal grounds that I propose to fight as a coordinated broad-based community against the people who are doing this to him, but rather it is on moral grounds that I propose we all do this. It is a moral issue. And this is America. It's time for these questionable people to be shown in a most compelling manner what Americans (and Canadians) can do when a moral issue like this develops inside the closed realm of a potentially corrupt power that picks on or feeds off of vulnerable people like Gary Harvey and his wife.
Let me assure you: we do not intend to be fooled into allowing this risk to spread unchecked. Follow the story of our fight here at this Facebook Page. Join your voices of concern to let these dubious controllers know that they ought to be made examples of for anything bad that happens to Gary. You can use your own voice of support right on this Facebook Page. Add your voice to help rescue Gary Harvey.
~ Sam N. Sansalone, August 4th, 2011
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