WENDLAND AT ROBERT'S
BEDSIDE AS HE DIES
Stockton, CA - July 17, 2001
As she has day in and day out since his September 1993 car accident, Florence
Wendland, Robert's Mother, spent today at his bedside. She was with him
when he died this afternoon.
Florence and Robert's other family members, including his sister, Rebekah,
are understandably devastated that Robert has lost his long battle to live.
However, they have now learned, based on a press release issued by Rose
Wendland's attorney, that he did have pneumonia, as they suspected.
Since June 1, 2001, Florence has been prohibited from taking Robert outside
his hospital room during visits.
On July 11, she discovered that Robert was ill, but both the San Joaquin
County Superior Court and 3rd District Court of Appeal refused to grant her
request for information about Robert's condition and for an examination of
Robert by her expert physician.
Today, Florence's attorney was at the clerk's office filing an emergency
petition for review even as Robert died.
Florence and her family wish to thank the innumerable people who have
supported them during their six-year battle to keep Robert alive, including
but by no means limited to his caregivers at Lodi Memorial Hospital,
Wesley Smith, Dr. Vincent Fortanasce, Dana Cody, and the other members of and
contributors to Life Legal Defense Foundation. They especially thank the
anonymous angel who placed the telephone call to them in July 1995 alerting
them to Rose's plan of withdrawing Robert's life-sustaining food and
The press is asked to respect the privacy of Florence and her family during
this difficult time and direct all inquiries to their counsel, Janie Siess,
at (209) 366-1446 or (209) 481-3815.
Those who wish to honor Robert's memory and his courageous battle for life
are asked to send tax-deductible contributions to Life Legal Defense
Foundation, PO Box 2105, Napa CA 94558.