A judge ruled Wednesday that Casey Kasem’s daughter, Kerri was allowed to withhold medication, food and fluids from her ailing father. The Top 40 host and longtime radio personality is suffering from sepsis and dementia, as well as Parkinson’s.
“Transitioning our father’s treatment to comfort-oriented care was one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make,” Kerri writes on her Facebook page.
She assures that the goal is for her father to not be in pain.
“For people who do not understand the natural dying process: Giving food and water to a dying body creates pain and further suffering. The body does not want or require food or water anymore in the dying process. My father can no longer digest foods and fluids fill his lungs up and will suffocate him. My Dad IS on pain meds.”
Kerri says the family has been gathered around Casey, 82, who is in a Washington hospital.
“For the last 11 days, our father has been surrounded day and night by love and care by his daughters Kerri and Julie, his son Mike, his brother Mouner and sister-in-law Mary, and his dear friend Gonzalo Venecia.”
She added that they “hope” for Kasem’s wife, Jean, who has been fighting with the kids over Casey’s care, and Jean’s daughter, Liberty, will join them.