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Update: Mandy Nagy two years later

Update: Mandy Nagy two years later

The long road to recovery remains long.

Longtime readers will recall that Mandy Nagy (aka Liberty Chick) was a writer for Legal Insurrection, after a prominent stint as Andrew Breitbart’s researcher and a writer for Breitbart News.

RIghtOnline ’12: L. to R.– Stephen K. Bannon, Lee Stranahan, Mandy Nagy, Brandon Darby and Anita Moncrief. (image via Becca Lower via Duane Marcus)

[Occupy Unmasked Premiere – RIghtOnline ’12: L. to R.– Stephen K. Bannon, Lee Stranahan, Mandy Nagy, Brandon Darby and Anita Moncrief. (image via Becca Lower via Duane Marcus)]

Mandy’s first post for us was March 21, 2013, and her last post was September 4, 2014, a Thursday. The following Monday, September 8, Mandy was to take over as Editor of Legal Insurrection, joining us full time to run the show.

But it was not to be. On Sunday, September 7, 2014, I received an email from Mandy’s mother asking me to call her and letting me know that on Saturday, September 6, Mandy had suffered a massive stroke and had undergone surgery.

With Mandy’s mother’s permission, I posted about the situation, Pray for Mandy Nagy. At that post you can track the outpouring of affection for Mandy as well as a chronicle of her condition and frequent updates from her mother.

We promised to keep Mandy’s seat warm for her to return whenever she could and in whatever capacity she could:

We’re praying for Mandy, and keeping her seat at Legal Insurrection warm awaiting her return, however long it takes.

But one year after her stroke, it was obvious that was never going to happen.

My post, Mandy Nagy – One year later, conveyed a final update from Mandy’s mother at the now-defunct GoFundMe page, which read in part:

In the first few months she went from being unconscious to opening her eyes every now and then. She was missing the left side of her skull for four months, was deaf and blind on her right side and had a feeding tube for several months. She was bedridden for two months.

After about six months of rehab she has recovered enough to walk small distances by herself with a cane but no other assistance. She is still paralyzed partially on her right side. She has no use of her right arm, but her right leg is functioning enough to walk a little. She spends much of the day in a wheelchair. She seems to be able to hear and see again on her right side. Her speech has improved slightly. She can say a few words and I am teaching her to speak in sentences.

I have tried to get her interested in using the internet and email again, but have been unsuccessful.

She is very slowly learning to do simple everyday tasks on her own. Over the year she has had to learn how to do things we learn as children such as using utensils to eat or brush teeth.

I have to read print to her since she says she only recognizes and knows the meaning of some words. However, she understands most of what I am saying to her. She has started to do things without my telling her to do them such as letting the dogs out the door. Months ago she wouldn’t have thought about taking the initiative to do that.

Her recovery continues to be a long, slow difficult process. Her life has changed and she seems to have accepted that. I believe it would be safe enough and she is now ready to live more independently in her own home. I am working on finding her a place to live and making arrangements for someone to take over my duties. I knew when she came here to live with me that it was going to be life changing for her, my husband and me.

Mandy, Victor and I are very grateful to all of the people who have donated and sent good wishes over the past year. It’s incredible to me that she knows so many people that care.

I will be taking this site down in a few months but I wanted to give you this last update before I do.

Thank you all very much,

Hardly a day goes by that I don’t think of Mandy.

I reached out recently to Mandy’s mother for another update. The going continues to be difficult:

Mandy still needs help with everything: bathing, dressing, walking, cooking,  etc. She can only speak and read a few words.  She mainly identifies things by pictures.  She wears a brace on her right leg and needs spotting while walking short distances.  Her right arm is paralyzed and her right leg is partially paralyzed. She is very disabled.  I do my best to take care of her needs.  She seems content and not depressed.

If you read no other post of Mandy’s, please read Mandy’s 2013 post, Remembering September 11th and the importance of loved ones and endurance:

September 11th taught me the importance of family and loved ones in our lives, as well as the compassion of those we may not know, and that we can never, ever take life for granted.


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Thanks for the update, Professor. When I see her thumbnail in the ‘Contributors’, I always wonder how she’s doing now.

I hope she continues to improve.

    Likewise. I’ve often thought of Mandy, but held off emailing Professor J for an update. It’s good to hear that she’s making progress. Hopefully, somebody will let her know that we’re still pulling for her.

Thank you for the update, sir. I did not know Mandy personally, but always enjoyed her writing, and on my frequent visits to your site I generally wonder what the situation is with her. Such a profound waste of a beautiful, talented young woman. I am overwhelmed with respect for her mother.

I’ve been a reader/commenter at Andrew Breitbart’s enterprise from the very, very beginning. It’s IMPOSSIBLE to overstate the loss of Mandy’s contribution to the conservative/tea party movement. Words of sorrow seem so utterly insufficient. God Bless.

Darth Chocolate | September 5, 2016 at 9:43 am

Please remember that she is also a target of lawfare by the exerable Brett Kimberlin.

Glad to hear she’s not depressed. May she continue to find peace. Prayers ascending for her.

Thank you, Professor. Mandy has been heavy on my mind lately, and I was going to ask for an update. For Mandy: May the good Lord bless you and keep you.

Thank you for the update; I imagine her parents appreciate the infrequent reminder that many miss her. Bless her, her family and friends.

Thank you for the update. I hope she improves. There is a lot of good medical research going on right now, so definitely there are reasons to hope.

Professor, is there a GoFundme or some way we can make contributions to Mandy and her family? I can only imagine what it must be like for them and their finances and not to even mention their daily lives!
God bless you Mandy!

We are all just a small life event away from not caring about who the next president is. As obnoxious as this election cycle is and however dire the outcome may seem, it’s nothing compared to the personal battles many go through each day. Real problems.

The doctors just gave my brother his clock for terminal cancer. I much preferred Thanksgiving dinners with his veins popping out in rage over political arguments than those to come without.

My thoughts are with Mandy and family too.

Thanks so much for the update. I was wondering, too.

It sounds very difficult. At least her family reports that she is not depressed; that is something. I very very much hope she continues to improve and regain more and more ability to function on her own and to use language.

Thanks for the update. I still have Mandy and her family on my prayer list where they will remain.

Prayers out to Mandy.

I echo the sentiments that have already been expressed.

A fallen warrior is still a warrior. God bless her and allow her to be the best she can be.

For Mandy, her family and relatives, her colleagues and friends, as well as all those herein, Psalm 138 will be prayed for some time to come. In particular, we shall meditate on v. 3: “In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.”

(ref. for the entire psalm)

Life sure isn’t fair.

I also wonder from time to time how she is doing these days. Thanks for the update. Sending prayers.

God bless her and it is good that she seems content; as a man who suffers in a similar but less-intense way as Mandy i can attest to the intensity and difficulty and struggles. Her parents also seem to be wonderful and loving and i’m glad she has them.

With luck and love perhaps one day she will gain some more dexterity and be able to live independently.