All the Westley family wanted was the best for their child. They wanted to
know what was happening and why it was happening and to be involved. But they
were treated as outsiders, spoken down to, ignored until eventually they were
locked out completely by the courts. And importantly, as they began to
understand the nature and severity of
her illness, they wanted Sarah to have the "right to live and die with
dignity". Much of what went on behind the scenes only came to light
following FOI requests by the family years after Sarah's tragic death.
A basic search of the internet throws up evidence of the controversy
surrounding this case, one example, is reported in
Sydney's Daily Telegraph. The ample references and footnotes provided by Eve
Hillary evidence the research she has undertaken.
Although this is a bleak, sad story, the reader can find some solace in the
strength and fortitude that Sarah displayed even in her darkest moments and the
comfort and love of family and the country community within which Sarah was able
to spend her short life.
A book well worth reading to get an appreciation of what can happen when
things go terribly wrong and the importance of seeking legal advice early to
your rights before things spin out of control. However, while reading the book
try to stay detached and
not become overwhelmed in the emotion of the story.