Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Lethbridge woman in the middle of a medical treatment dispute.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Miranda Holowka
Family members face difficult decisions when a sibling or a parent is facing life-threatening medical conditions. These situations sometimes result in division and legal battles over questions related to medical treatment decisions.

Darlene Crayne (71) has been in a medically induced coma since she had a heart attack on August 26. The Chinook Regional Hospital and Alberta Health Services says that Darlene has minimal brain activity and are moving to withdraw life-support.

Miranda Holowka, Darlene's daughter, is convinced that her mother is getting better and have filmed her mother moving. Miranda said to CTV news:

“We’re not asking for forever, we’re just asking for some time.”
Link to the CTV news story which includes video.

The sad reality is that the family is divided with one of Miranda's sisters agreeing with the hospital. 

Issues related to life-limiting health conditions are often mixed with difficult personal reactions. 

These difficult situations require you to legally assign someone to be your medical decision maker, before the health crisis occurs and while you are competent.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition sells the Life Protecting Power of Attorney for Personal Care to protect you when you are unable to make decisions for yourself.

Now the Holowka family, who only want more time for their mother to recover have had to hire a lawyer to attempt to gain more time for their mothers hoped for recovery.

Link to the Darlene Crayne - Go Fund Me legal costs campaign.

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