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Update – Mandy Nagy 7 Years Later

Update – Mandy Nagy 7 Years Later

Seven years after a massive stroke at age 45, our Editor still struggles, as her mom reports: “Her physical condition has unfortunately deteriorated somewhat, so that she has more trouble walking. But her cognitive abilities seem to have improved.”

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Mandy Nagy was a writer at Legal Insurrection starting in June 2013, joining us after a storied time as Andrew Breitbart’s key researcher. Over Labor Day weekend 2014, we made plans for Mandy to become our first full time employee to manage the website. It was not to be.

At 9:42 a.m. on Sunday, September 7, 2014, I received an email at our “contact” email address from an email account I did not recognize with the subject line “Mandy Nagy”:

Prof. Jacobson,

I hope this email is directed to you and not Mandy. I am Mandy’s mother. Mandy is in the hospital. She had a stroke early Saturday morning. She is unable to speak and cannot move the right side of her body. If you would like to contact me, I can be reached at: xxx-xxx-xxxx

I am also going to go to her home and look on her computer to see if I can find your contact information.

Ginny Nagy Ashrafi

The day before I had emailed Mandy, but she didn’t respond. That was very unlike her, and upon receiving her mother’s email, I knew why.

Later that day, I alerted the readership and provided frequent updates that day, Pray for Mandy Nagy:

Our beloved Mandy Nagy, also known as Liberty Chick, had a stroke yesterday and brain surgery to relieve the pressure today.

I am in touch with Mandy’s mom, who approved me letting people know via Legal Insurrection. Before surgery, Mandy also was able to nod approval with a small smile, her mom tells me….

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

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Mandy was only 45 years old at the time of her stroke. She didn’t return to Legal Insurrection, and never will.

Each year we have updated Mandy’s condition as reported to us by her mom. You can read all the updates here (and at the bottom of this post).

As I do each year, I reached out to Mandy’s Mom. I received the following update today:

I’m sorry I haven’t responded sooner to your email. I just realized today is the date of her stroke seven years ago. She continues to live in an apartment, with an aide daily and me on Sundays and holidays, taking care of her needs.

Her physical condition has unfortunately deteriorated somewhat, so that she has more trouble walking. But her cognitive abilities seem to have improved. Although she can’t read or write, and has very little speech, she likes to look at the internet and manages to find things of interest there. She has also regained some of her interest in music, and can find songs by photos.

Occasionally, her memory has surprised us, for example, pointing at the calendar and calling out a family member’s name on that person’s birthday. I am looking into getting her a motorized wheelchair because I feel she is ready to operate it, although still confined within her apartment or our home.

Thank you so much for remembering her.

The memory is very painful, for some reason more so this year. The call from Mandy’s mom 7 years ago had a huge and lasting impact on me. Getting “that call” is something a parent dreads. While I wasn’t her parent, Mandy was a part of the Legal Insurrection family and we all felt the loss very deeply. There but for fortune, may go you or I.

Mandy is lucky to have such a supportive and loving family. Her mom, in particular, is a hero.

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PRIOR UPDATES:

Mandy Nagy – One year later

It’s been just over one year (9/6/14) since Mandy had her stroke.

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….

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….

Mandy Nagy two years later

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.

Mandy Nagy 3 years later

It’s been three years and a very challenging time for Mandy, Victor and me. Her situation, for now, is stable.

Her condition has stayed the same for the past year. She can walk very slowly for short distances with a cane. She has no use of her right arm and very little of her right leg. She needs assistance everyday with bathing, dressing, cleaning and meal preparation.

She cannot form words except for no, hi, okay and a few other words. She can’t read and doesn’t understand things she should.

People she should know, she doesn’t unless I show her a picture of them. She doesn’t understand instructions. I gave her a brush to use in the shower and she didn’t know what it was or what to do with it. Even after I showed her how to use it, she just stared at it confused.

So, this is where we are. It is a sad situation but she is comfortable and hopefully content. It’s not a very good life, but it is life.

Mandy Nagy 4 years later

I hope you and your family are well. Thank you again for thinking of Mandy.

Not much has changed. She was hospitalized once a few months ago. We thought she had another stroke but it was a seizure. She still has an aide assisting her each day and I fill in on Sundays, holidays and days when the aide is not available.

Her only improvement occurred about six months ago when she became interested in the music playing on my IPhone. It always puzzled her family that she lost interest in music after the stroke, since music was such an important part of her life. Anyway, I downloaded music she likes on her IPad. She can’t read who the artist is, but she can identify the photo of the artist. So, now she listens to music often. Her doctors had said that music is good for recovery. It took four years, but better late than never.

I’ll let Mandy know you asked about her.

Mandy Nagy 5 years later

Hi Bill,

Thank you for thinking of Mandy each year. Mandy’s condition remains pretty much the same except that her ability to walk is decreasing.

Since her right side is paralyzed, with some feeling in that leg, she needs more support than previously to walk. Despite our efforts to get her up and exercising, she now depends on her wheelchair more often than before. I used to be able to transport her from her place to mine using a cane. But now she needs to use her chair and I need another person to help with getting her up a few steps whereas before I could get her up the steps by myself.

However, she seems to be a bit sharper in her thinking. Although she still cannot talk, except for a few words, she is now remembering some small things that she hadn’t before. For instance, she remembered it is her brother’s birthday. Normally that’s not something she thinks about or would remember. I was surprised. She seems content and not depressed. It’s hard for us to see how that can be, but it is. She listens to music on her IPad and watches HGTV much of the day. A home health aide comes every day to take care of her and I fill in on Sundays and holidays.

Again, it is kind of you to remember her. I hope you and your family are well.

Regards,

Ginny

P.S. I saw your interview on FOX a while ago. I think it was with Tucker Carlson.

Mandy Nagy 6 years later

Bill,

Once again, thank you for thinking of Mandy each year at this time.

Her condition has changed in a few different ways. Physically, she has more trouble walking. Her right side is paralyzed except for enough feeling in her right leg to make it possible to walk. In the past year, that feeling has diminished making walking more unstable. Cognitively, she seems better. She has learned to understand and write a few words on paper. She also has become more interested in the internet. And, when I bring up politics and the sad state the county is in, she seems to understand. She’s aware of how President Trump supporters are attacked while the Democrat media and politicians get away with most anything. I called her one night when you were a guest on Tucker Carlson and told her to watch. She and I also have seen you on other shows, I think Fox and Friends. She remembers you!

… Mandy’s sister and I now realize how Mandy knew about the groups financed by people like George Soros. We didn’t understand back then, but we are amazed how much she knew before the rest of us. I am sorry you have to go through what you are experiencing. It shouldn’t be this way. I hope this country sees what many of us see and stop the madness. Anyway, I am encouraging her to get involved again and look at the news on the internet and TV because for years she had no interest.

She still needs someone to care for her every day. Her spirits are up and she seems content.

I see her on Sundays and this past Sunday, when I walked in, she was watching the video below on her IPAD. I was surprised because she doesn’t know how to spell but apparently she is slowly learning. I asked her if her roommate pulled that up for her and she said no, she did. I suppose she knows how to spell her name and that’s how she was able to find this. It is also an indication that she is interested once again in politics and wants to learn what was, and presently happening.

Regards,

Ginny

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Words won’t suffice.

But it’s wonderful LI has not forgotten her.

JusticeDelivered | September 6, 2021 at 8:50 pm

It is a sad situation for her and her mother. I think about her more often than the once a year update.

    A very difficult situation to handle. But Mandy is still there. Both of my parents lingered on for years with my not knowing whether they even recognized me. It is so much harder having to go through this as parents. But prayers really do help. Never forget that.

Seven years? It’s been longer than I thought.

So sad. Continued prayers.

Blessings for Mandy

Thanks for the update. Will continue to pray for her well-being, and for her mom’s peace of mind and acceptance.

Ginny, I know many of us will always have your daughter and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Please forgive me, I don’t remember exactly when these yearly updates come along, but I know they do and I’m glad you do that, and throughout the year, I promise you, there are times I think – I hope Mandy Nagy is doing ok.

God bless.

Thank you for the update about Mandy Nagy. I do think of her ocassionally when I happen to glance at her name in the list of contributors. I have not prayed for her as I should and I shall make an effort to pray for her in the coming year.

Thank you for the updates. I feel so bad for her and her loved ones. I will continue to pray for her and her family.

So sad. Something none of us want to experience, that no parent ever wants to face.

Life is not fair or kind, unfortunately, and it is hard to know what to make of these challenges.

Thoughts and prayers to all the Nagys.

AF_Chief_Master_Sgt | September 7, 2021 at 7:13 am

Prayers for Mandy, her family, and the LI family that continues to hold her dear.

A warrior removed from the battlefield. But not forgotten.

Professor, I respectfully suggest supporting Mandy include you, your staff, and the vast Legal Insurrection readership.

Thank you for your continuing updates. She will always be in our prayers.

Life really is not fair, that a bright young woman would have a stroke that disables her for the rest of her life and yet evil, like Soros just goes on and on

Prayers for Mandy and her loving family, mother most of all…

    Kevin in reply to gonzotx. | September 7, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    I often wonder why evil such as Soros is allowed to trod the Earth unscathed, while people like Mandy and the late, great, Andrew Breitbart are taken from us much too soon. Pray for those such as Mandy, and continue to support LI, as they keep the spotlight of liberty shining into the dark abyss occupied by the likes of Soros, John Weaver of the Lincoln Project, Cuomo, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Comey, Clapper, Brennan, et al.

Michael Johnson | September 7, 2021 at 9:49 am

A good way to judge someone’s humanity is how they treat people who can do nothing for them. On this Professor Jacobson and the LI team pass with flying colors.

Except I would say humanity generally fails this test, so I don’t understand why we call it humanity. God is the one who cares for those who can do nothing for Him. Thus I commend you for your godliness. My apologies to those who are agnostic; consider yourselves good.

I can’t log on to your site without thinking about Liberty Chick – not b/c I knew her or really knew her writing, but b/c of the admiration you have for her and the tragic loss of a voice of freedom. I was wondering when we would get our yearly update on her – thanks for keeping her in your thoughts – she’s certainly in the thoughts of your readers.

Thank you for the update. I pray for her and her family.

Seven years? I remember reading your original post and how terrible I felt for Liberty Chick and her family. Her mom is my hero and I pray for her strength every chance I get. I pray that Mandy continues to make improvements, as small as they may be. God Bless her and her family.

I really like hearing about Mandy’s progress, good or bad, over the years. I hope that her mom will continue to be willing to share, and I thank her for keeping us informed. Much love to you, Mother Nagy.

Thanks so much for the update on Mandy. It is still shocking and sad what happened, and is one of the mysteries of life. Her mother is indeed a hero.

Blessings and Prayers for Mandy and her family.

I remember her well.
A Hawaiian pule. Prayer; The following is said about the good.

“Ku’ia Kahele aka na’au ha’aha’a:” “A humble person walks carefully so as not to hurt others.”

I well remember Many Nagy Liberty Chick and her contributions to LI. What a tragedy…

I will never forget her and am grateful to her mother for the care and attention she receives.

Get Well, Mandy Dear

Reading this was very distressful. I’m greatly unnerved by the continued realization that we live in a world in which being intelligent, accomplished, loved, and good does nothing to shelter a person from adversity.

If it’s any solace, Mandy’s story at least helps me to think that maybe my own situation isn’t as bad as I think it is, and that understanding might help me get by. But, all the same, I’d much prefer it if Mandy were well and whole.

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