Mesothelioma Victim Was ‘Hell-Bent on Voting’ Before Dying

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 8:59am by

As this Associated Press video shows, there were long lines throughout the country as Americans took to the polls to vote on Election Day. On November 6, 2012, the Austin-American Statesman reported that 60-year-old Buda, Texas resident Ken Knight died that morning from mesothelioma. Despite being bound to a wheelchair “with his lucidity flagging,” Knight insisted that his wife and several friends take him to the Buda City Hall the previous Friday on the last day of early voting.

His wife, Amy Rogers Knight, told the Statesman that he had “zero will of body or strength,” but remained “hell-bent on voting.” Despite a voting line was “several football fields long,” his wife told the Statesman that she pushed her husband to the front of the queue, where they gained permission to move ahead.

“The funny thing to me is that he was being a sane sort of adult while I was sobbing my head off as I tried to help him navigate the voting system,” Rogers Knight told the Statesman. “It was a driving force for him. He wanted to vote so badly.”

The Statesman reported that Knight suffered for several years from mesothelioma, but most individuals diagnosed with this devastating disease have short life expectancies. Mesothelioma is often the result of previous asbestos exposure, and you can find more information about occupations with high risk for mesothelioma on our website. You can fill out the form on this page or contact our firm today at (800) 687-3333 to have our Dallas litigation lawyers review your case if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos.

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