Bill Goodale's family preparing for the end

Doris Goodale: "It's pretty much in God's hands now"

Kingman  Unified School Board member Bill Goodale

Kingman Unified School Board member Bill Goodale

KINGMAN - Local politician Bill Goodale has been moved from intensive care to hospice to keep him comfortable as his family prepares for the end of his life.

Once doctors removed his breathing tube and were able to fully assess his condition, the results weren't promising, said his wife, Rep. Doris Goodale.

The ruptured blood vessel that caused the stroke, which occurred nine days ago, caused significant damage to the region of the brain that controls reasoning and motor skills, she said.

Doctors also found that Bill Goodale's heart had developed an irregular heartbeat, which caused several tiny blood clots in his brain. They can't treat his heart condition with blood thinner for fear of him developing another, more significant blood clot, she said.

"The brain damage was just critical," Doris Goodale said.

She expects her husband to pass away soon.

"We were hoping for better news," Doris Goodale said. "But it's pretty much in God's hands now."