Monday, August 28, 2017

Doctors pressured this woman to die by euthanasia. One year later she is much better.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Candice Lewis
Last month Candice Lewis's mother received a disappointing response from the local hospital after sending an official complaint about being pressured by doctors who wanted Candice to die by euthanasia.

Mother upset after doctor urged her to approve assisted suicide for her daughter with disabilities.

An article by Stephen Roberts that was published in the Northern Pen newspaper  on August 28 explained that Candice is doing much better after receiving excellent care from a hospital in St Johns's Newfoundland. The article reported:

According to her mom, Sheila Elson, Candice hasn’t been having any seizures, is now able to feed herself, walk with assistance, use her iPad, and is more alert, energetic and communicative since her stay in St. John’s. 
“She’s back to about where she was five or six years ago,” says Elson. 
After a two-week hospital stay, Candice, along with her mother, walked her sister Glennis down the aisle at her wedding in Dildo in August. 
She’s been able to do all this despite the fact that in 2016, doctors suggested that Candice might be dying. 
In September of that year, a doctor at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony had also suggested to Elson that physician-assisted death could be an option for Candice. 
What is satisfying her these days is her daughter’s health. Since returning to St. Anthony earlier this month, Candice hasn’t required a visit to the hospital. 
Elson believes Candice’s condition has improved because she is now on fewer medications.
Legalizing euthanasia (MAiD) gives physicians the right in law to lethally inject their patients. The doctors attitude toward Candice's "quality of life" were based on negative and discriminatory attitudes towards the lives of people with disabilities. The doctors thought that Candice was better off dead.


Dr. Jeff Koloze said...

Watch those doctors. At one time, physicians cared for their patients. Not now, when those who oppose the first civil right to life think it's easier to kill people than cure them.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all your work on keeping us aware of these issues. Please note it wasn't "the doctorS thought she was better off dead", but A doctor thought she was better off dead. Other doctors have clearly helped her in her recovery. There are still many doctors who are appalled at the assisted dying legislation and are working, as you are, to make sure that they have a right to continue practicing in ways that heal, respect, and protect life from conception to natural end.

Maureen Sullivan said...

These are the kinds of stories the public need to hear about!!!