by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff
Lawyers and guardians denied Beverley Finnegan the life-saving treatment
her sister wanted her to have. The guardianship cost her life. Photo source.
As the icy blast of the historic “bomb cyclone” chilled the heart of
Boston and flooded her streets, an even more chilling battle was taking
place over the life of 69 year old Beverley Finnegan.
The fight to get court-appointed guardians and attorneys to allow her
to receive life-saving medical treatment has ended with her death just
before noon on Friday, January 5, 2018.
See Beverley’s story here:
Her tragic death follows the one day that her sister and advocate
Janet Pidge were not able to be by her side at Framington Union
Hospital. The brutal snowstorm kept Janet, as well as many other
residents in the greater Boston area, home and off the streets on
“A Turn for the Worse” – During a Crippling Snowstorm
Beverley’s condition was largely unchanged during the last several weeks, so the Friday morning phone call came as a shock.
Gary Zalkin, attorney for Framington Union Hospital, left a voicemail
at 8:30 a.m. saying that that she had taken “a turn for the worse” and
would likely pass within the next hour or so.
Janet was already en route to the hospital to be by her sister’s side. Advocate and journalist David Arnold told Health Impact News
that he joined Janet in Beverley’s hospital room. He reports that her
heart stopped several times, while doctors kept saying that her brain
had shut down. Finally, her heart stopped beating for the last time, and
she was pronounced dead at 11:48 a.m.
Janet’s attorney Lisa Belanger calls it “euthanasia” – the hastening
of Beverley Finnegan’s death. Belanger attempted to file a criminal
complaint on Saturday, since euthanasia is illegal in Massachusetts.
However, the police denied her request, telling her to file medical
malpractice instead. She told Health Impact News:
This is worse than the Twilight Zone.
Kidnapped and Denied Civil Rights over Medical Disagreement
For months, Beverley Finnegan and her sister Janet Pidge have been
battling the state of Massachusetts to bring her home. The sisters owned
a condo together, and they relied on each other. Several years ago Ms.
Finnegan named her sister as her proxy if ever she needed someone to
make decisions for her. Her wishes were completely ignored.
A doctor diagnosed her with an illness that, in hindsight, she may
never have had. Dr. Anne McKinley said that she had a lung infection
called Mycobacterium kansasii
and that she would die without
treatment. When Ms. Finnegan chose not to go back to that particular
doctor, Dr. McKinley filed a protective order with the courts.
Police and social workers broke into the condo and seized her.
Because she fought against her kidnappers, she was deemed mentally ill
and violent. She was bodily seized and forced against her will into a
nursing home and forced onto psychotropic drugs.
The door frame was broken during Beverley Finnegan’s state-sanctioned abduction, yet she was labeled “paranoid.” Photo source: Boston Broadside.
For months, she begged and pleaded to go home, saying that they were
going to kill her. The presumably imaginary infection that was used as a
pretense to deprive her of her liberty was never addressed – not once.
Stranger Named as Her Guardian, While Sister Fights Back
Lawyers petitioned for, and won, the ability to override Ms.
Finnegan’s wishes, and a judge appointed a guardian with Jewish Family
and Children’s Services. Under a draconian legal construct known as “guardianship,” Marissa Levenson was granted the authority to make life-altering decisions for a woman she had never before met.
Marissa Levenson, guardian with Jewish Family and Children’s Services,
was given authority to place Ms. Finnegan into a nursing home against
her will. Photo source: Boston Broadside>.
According to Lonnie Brennan of the Boston Broadside
, who met with Janet Pidge and has attended some of the court hearings:
Beverly’s sister, Janet, is hysterically desperate: she’s
fighting daily to get anyone to help. Janet can’t stop talking about
her sister, non-stop. She’s anxious, desperate, and determined to get
someone to listen. She’s spent her savings, she’s knocked on seemingly
every door of every lawyer or politician she could find.
She’s been lied to along the way in the same way her sister was lied
to. She is called delusional and paranoid for not believing the state.
She can’t stop. She fights on. She’s determined and gets into rants
about the shock of the taking of her sister, long-term problems at her
condo with certain neighbors, and the tragic history of her family (for
which a movie should be set).
Her money is gone and she’s stuck asking for rides daily or help to
pay for the trains to take her from Newton to Framingham each day where
she prays at her sister’s side.
Life-Saving Medical Measures Denied
Lisa Belanger says that the decline in Ms. Finnegan’s health was
directly related to fact that the state placed her under guardianship.
Under that guardianship, she was forced into a nursing home that did not
properly care for her. Due to their alleged neglect and possibly
actively harmful practices, Ms. Finnegan wound up in a coma on November
30, and doctors have neglected basic medical care that could have saved
On December 18 and again on December 22, Belanger went head to head
in court with a gaggle of attorneys and guardians who were determined to
pull the plug and end Beverley Finnegan’s life, against the adamant
wishes of her sister.
On one side were the guardian and attorneys for Framington Union
Hospital, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, and Springwell – a
non-profit organization utilized by the state of Massachusetts to
implement Adult Protective Services policies.
They all argued that it would be more compassionate to pull the plug
than allow her to live life under the current circumstances.
Lisa Belanger argued for Ms. Finnegan’s basic Constitutional right to
life. She presented an affidavit from renowned medical expert Dr. Paul
Byrne dated December 22, in which he stated that she did “not fulfill
any set of ‘brain death’ criteria.”
Dr. Byrne laid out specific medical protocols that should have been
taken already but hadn’t. He said that if they would initiate such
treatment immediately, Beverley’s health should improve.
Since that time, Lisa Belanger engaged in a life and death struggle
to get the hospital to do the basic medical treatments that could have
saved Ms. Finnegan’s life. She sent numerous requests to the newly
appointed Guardian ad Litem Joanne Moses and to the various attorneys
involved, including the hospital’s attorney Gary Zalkin.
Her every attempt was rebuffed.
Counsel for Framington Union Hospital, Gary Zalkin. Photo source.
Even though Beverley’s sister and her attorney were clear that they
wanted such measures being taken, Zalkin reportedly said that they would
have to wait until the new Guardian ad Litem approved of the tracheostomy
and they were all able to go before the judge again for approval.
Lisa Belanger countered with:
EVERY SECOND THAT GOES BY YOU AND YOUR CLIENT ARE OVERTLY DEPRIVING MY CLIENT’S SISTER OF WHATEVER RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE.
To confirm, Judge Monks expressly stated that Metro West HAS
AUTHORITY to perform emergency necessitated procedures–that such
procedures do not require a court order. Again, the emergency
procedures are laid out by Dr. Byrne in his provided affidavits that you
As already substantiated from the documentation I provided you, you and your client’s FAILURE TO ACT continues to be knowingly and deliberately causing overt harm to my client’s sister, Beverley Finnegan.
None of the life-saving procedures were initiated. On the day that
Beverley’s sister could not be with her at the hospital due to the
massive snowstorm, her health suddenly declined. By the time Janet Pidge
and Lisa Belanger got word of her demise, all of the government offices
to which they could have turned were closed due to the storm.
They were completely helpless to stop what they see as Ms. Finnegan’s
needless death. Because of the guardianship, Beverley’s trusted loved
one was powerless to intervene to save her life.
This woman who was functional, in full control of her mind, and able
to walk and care for herself on her own just a few months ago is gone –
another victim of guardianship.
David Arnold has written several articles on the dangers of guardianship. He told Health Impact News
Guardianship is a form of slavery, but it is actually far worse than slavery. It needs to be abolished.
With guardianship, they want to rob them and kill them.
Conflicts of Interest: Psychotherapist, Jewish Family and Child Services All Complicit in Death
Even though the sisters lived in a large metropolitan area, the small
group of players involved in their case have worked together in a
number of similar guardianship cases, according to public records.
Jewish Family and Child Services seems to be a major player in the
region. They played a significant role in the decisions leading to the
rapid decline of Beverley Finnegan’s health.
Attorneys Gary Zalkin, Lawrence K. Glick, and Wendy K. Crenshaw each
appear on the dockets of many guardianship cases in various roles –
alternately as counsel for the ward, counsel for the petitioner for
guardianship, the petitioner, or guardian.
There are cases where the same attorney’s name shows up in the record
in more than one role. In a case from 2016, Case #BR16P0649GD, Gary
Zalkin is listed as the attorney for the ward, the petitioner on behalf
of the facility wanting to place the ward under guardianship, and as the
guardian himself. That is three conflicting roles – all represented by
the same attorney.
Zalkin practiced for 14 years as a psychotherapist (Source) before attending law school. He has lectured and written on the practice of guardianship, and has apparently found his niche. According to his website:
Attorney Gary Zalkin wrote the chapter in the Mental
Health volume of the Massachusetts Practice Series that explains the new
guardianship and conservatorship laws. He has additionally pioneered
the affirmation of health care proxies for mental health issues in
Massachusetts. He has served as chair of the Riverside Community Care
Human Rights Committee and as president of the Board of the National
Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Massachusetts, MetroWest affiliate.
In 2005 Attorney Zalkin was honored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
as one of fifteen “rising stars – Massachusetts lawyers who have been
members of the bar 10 years or less, but who have already distinguished
themselves in some manner and appear poised for even greater things.”
Attorney Gary Zalkin received his B.A. in psychology from Brandeis
University in 1989 and his M.S.W. from Simmons College School of Social
Work in 1992.
Gary Zalkin is also “a member of the Harvard Medical School’s Program in Psychiatry and the Law.” (Source).
Cover-up of Medical Malpractice?
How is it that a person can lose every Constitutional and human
right, including the rights to make personal and medical decisions,
refuse medical treatment, live in her own home, be autonomous, and
choose to live – based on a letter from a doctor not backed up with
Framington Union Hospital. Photo taken by an advocate, name withheld by request.
What really happened to Beverley Finnegan – both in the nursing home
before her hospitalization and in the hospital during the snowstorm,
during the time that her sister could not watch over her and try to
Is there a cover-up happening of medical malpractice?
What kind of benefit is there to those parties networked together?
Why are there so many entities and individuals working to take away the
basic human rights of senior citizens?
How can citizens protect themselves from the tyrannical overreach of
people operating under the color of law to take all their worldly goods
as well as their very liberty? Is anyone safe?
Beverley Finnegan’s voice has been silenced. Will her death go
unnoticed, or will it mean something? Who will speak out for justice for
her and for countless others whose lives are being stolen?
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