Ruth Glosser, 97, dies of covid-19

Annie Deighnaugh

On Facebook, Glosser described his 97-year-old mother as “a scholar, a social worker, and the teacher of a generation of social work students in Western Pennsylvania” who “founded and administered a foster parent’s program for children with special needs in Johnstown.” He added, “Her passion was the careful documentation of the Glosser family and its flight from Czarist persecution in what is now Belarus to life and freedom in the USA. An ardent advocate of education, women’s rights, and the struggle for civil rights in the USA.” ....


"This morning my mother, Ruth Glosser, died of the late effects of COVID-19 like so many thousands of other people; both young and old. She survived the acute infection but was left with lung and neurological damage that destroyed her will to eat and her ability to breathe well enough to sustain arousal and consciousness. Over an 8-week period she gradually slipped away and died peacefully this morning."




The WH response:

This is categorically false, and a disgusting use of so-called journalism when the family deserves privacy to mourn the loss of a loved one. His grandmother did not pass away from COVID. She was diagnosed with COVID in March and passed away in July so that timeline does not add up at all. His grandmother died peacefully in her sleep from old age. I would hope that you would choose not to go down this road.


Why should the WH care? Why should they deny her death certificate?

Who is Ruth Glosser?

Stephen Miller's maternal grandmother.

See the full article here:

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/07/stephen-millers-grandmother-died-of-covid-19-her-son-blames-the-trump-administration/

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mr1010

So many older folks are eased into death by the use of morphine. It's accepted by hospital doctors and hospice nurses and doctors to make the patient "comfortable"

and to help them die. Eventually, with morphine, the outcome is respiratory arrest, and medical people know that's the outcome. Wonder if the grandmother was

given morphine to ease her passing?

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jlhug

mr1010, it is called palliative care designed to keep the patient comfortable. I always suspect that the morphine has eased the patient's passing.

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Iris GW

Having Covid-19 can result in lung damage.

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docmom_gw(5)

mr1010,

Where does your comment come from? Who said anything about morphine? And what do you actually know about morphine and respiratory suppression? I have been an actively practicing Hospice and Palliative physician for over 12 years and, yes, morphine is used at end of life to provide comfort (not in quotes). But, it is used in the smallest doses possible, only until the patient has relief of their pain or respiratory distress. It is not intended to, nor does it typically, shorten the time until death. I have had patients on moderate doses of morphine who survived for many months, and were able to lead relatively high-functioning lives because their symptoms were well managed with morphine. Of course, in some cases, when symptoms are so severe that higher doses of morphine are required to provide tolerable relief, it is possible that the combination of the disease and the morphine result in death, but that is only acceptable when the use of morphine is directed at reducing symptom burden and NOT to shorten life.

If I sound preachy, it is because comments/beliefs like yours make people (patients and their families) afraid to use morphine and other medications that can provide immense relief at end of life. As a result, they die in agony and are unable to engage in important end-of-life activities, such as saying goodbye to loved ones and getting their life in order. And, I ask again, what does your comment have to do with this situation?






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foodonastump

As I was reading I thought, “that’s what happened to Stephen Miller’s grandmother!”

It seems more likely than not that there are questionable cause of death declarations. I guess for some people with a vested interest in promoting the idea that the death toll is overstated, politicizing the death of their own grandmother is fair game.

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bleusblue2

The WH response:

This is categorically false, and a disgusting use of so-called journalism when the family deserves privacy to mourn the loss of a loved one. His grandmother did not pass away from COVID. She was diagnosed with COVID in March and passed away in July so that timeline does not add up at all. His grandmother died peacefully in her sleep from old age. I would hope that you would choose not to go down this road.

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The OP comment is correct -- who in hell asked the WHITE HOUSE for their opinion. Has the WHITE HOUSE checked death certificates of the 100,000 plus dead? the WHITE HOUSE should keep its big trap shut and take care of that "National Strategy" for dealing with the virus that was due to be ready about now -- five months since the shutdown for pete's sake!

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barncatz

the WHITE HOUSE should keep its big trap shut ...

I love this ^^^. Who would have thought that this would be our reality?

Is it just me or has the USA gone to heck in a handbasket, or, should I say, to the fate of an Atlantic City casino in a bankruptcy court hearing?

ETA: MAGA

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Kathy

Stephen Millers family are not in agreement with him and consider him an immigration hypocrite. It’s sad to see his grandmother might have otherwise been still living if not for Covid. I doubt it will wake him up to the realities of Trump and his incompetency regarding this disease.


Family statement

Trump wants to make us believe that these desperate migrants are an existential threat to the United States; the most powerful nation in world history and a nation made strong by immigrants. Trump and my nephew both know their immigrant and refugee roots. Yet, they repeat the insults and false accusations of earlier generations against these refugees to make them seem less than human. Trump publicly parades the grieving families of people hurt or killed by migrants, just as the early Nazis dredged up Jewish criminals to frighten and enrage their political base to justify persecution of all Jews.

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maifleur03

People who are commenting about Covid not being the cause of her death do not know how to read death certificates. I will give you a little instruction so you will at least look intelligent. The first line is the cause of death. The next lines are underlying causes of death.

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foodonastump

Yeah but motorcycle accidents... ;)

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kadefol

The WH shenanigans are so transparent. They've desperately tried to have covid-related deaths classified as other causes to keep the numbers lower, and have insisted the numbers are wrong. They are indeed wrong because many covid deaths were not counted as such in the beginning. Absolutely criminal, but not surprising.

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jerzeegirl (FL zone 9B)(9b)

The timeline doesn't seem out of the ordinary at all. If she hadn't contracted COVID which compromised her breathing, she would likely still be alive. Shouldn't the WH leave the causes of death up to the coroners?

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jlhug

mr1010, it is called palliative care designed to keep the patient comfortable. I always suspect that the morphine has eased the patient's passing.

Yep, it's often part of the hospice package for family caregivers. Been there 3 times within the past 2 years. 92, 96, 97.

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batyabeth

Stephen Miller is an embarrasment and a "shanda" (shame in Yiddish) for his proud immigrant family. They are courageous and dignified in their public and righteous anger and regret for his words and actions. Good for them. The linked article was excellent - read it.

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lisaam(7a)

Yes, the MJ piece is worth the read

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