Name: Heidi Good-Swiacki.
Died: March 25, 2013.
Age at death: 52.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Solvang, California, USA.
Disability: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Heidi’s mother and caregiver sedated her, then disconnected her ventilator.
Heidi wrote a blog using an eye-based input device. In the introduction to her blog, she said, “I will share my ALS story which will hopefully encourage others. It will show that quality of life comes in many forms… Since I have had ALS I have seen many miracles.”
She was a deeply spiritual woman with two children, and she started a company to set up accounting systems for new wineries. Although non-verbal and ventilator-dependent, Heidi saw her life as “filled with laughter, trust and love”.
Perpetrator: Marjorie Good (Mother), and Wanda Nelson (Caregiver).