Thursday, August 15, 2019

Father with ALS Euthanized after being denied sufficient care in Canada

This article was published by National Review online on August 14, 2019.

Wesley J Smith
By Wesley J. Smith


A Canadian man disabled by ALS didn’t want to die now. He wanted to be cared for at home so he could be with his son.

Nope. The government’s socialized health-care system refused to pay for all the care he needed. But it sure paid to kill him by euthanasia. From the story:

Sean Tagert with his son.
Relocation was not an option as that would have taken him away from his son, of whom he had partial custody. . . .


“Ensuring consistent care was a constant struggle and source of stress for Sean as a patient,” read the Facebook post in his honour.

“The few institutional options on hand, Sean pointed out, would have offered vastly inferior care while separating him from his family, and likely would have hastened his death,” the post read.

Tagert pieced together a suitable care facility in his own home, which included an expensive saliva-suction machine that was needed to prevent him from choking, according to the post.
“We would ask, on Sean’s behalf, that the government recognize the serious problems in its treatment of ALS patients and their families, and find real solutions for those already suffering unimaginably,” read the post.
Because euthanasia is about “choice.”
Those with eyes to see, let them see.

12 comments:

JUAN said...

FOLLOWING THE NAZI PROGRAM, CANADA IS DEFINITELY OFF MY VACATION LIST AS ARE ALL MY RELATIVES

Anonymous said...

At that time, Tagert’s doctors recommended 24-hour in-home care, which is typical for a person who uses a ventilator full time. Vancouver Coastal Health, Tagert’s regional health authority, only initially offered 15.5 hours of care a day. Eventually, after much effort, they increased their offer to 20 hours a day--which still meant that Tagert had to pay $263.50 each day for the remaining four hours of required care

Gill said...

They will have to live with the fact that killing someone who does not want to die, is not euthanasia, it's called murder. His blood is on Vancouver Coastal Health individuals who refused to understand the situation. #Vancouvercoastalhealth

David Rush said...

Heres how it looks... it looks like Vancouver is a place you dont want to live... if you want to live. It looks like theres not much care in Vancouver Coastal Health Care. It looks like you should be afraid of the Vancouver Coastal health care system if care about your life. It looks like treachery, it looks like betrayal, it looks like the Vancouver Coastal Life and Death Authority, it looks like the Vancouver Coastal Health has lost their way.

Shucky said...

If a Person needs 24-hour in-game care to save the Province the money on hospital care and wardship of his son, he should get it. I have seen us do ALS so much better in Ontario in our hospice support.

Voice of Gone Ballistic said...

Bill C-14, is being used to hasten death.

Voice of Gone Ballistic said...

Hastening death also happens with DNRs.

Nancy said...

Thank you for this article, Wesley.It'd be good if you or someone provides a Petition for us to sign.

Suzanne J. said...

This is why I ALWAYS carry my 'DO NOT KILL ME' card, that also says 'I Oppose Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide' -- which I got from 'Euthanasia Prevention Coalition'!

This is also WHY I DO NOT GO TO ANY HOSPITAL 'EMERGENCY ROOM' ... UNLESS I believe that I might ACTUALLY, BE 'DYING'! Even if it turns out to be true that I AM approaching my death, and am subsequently admitted to hospital; I would NEVER ASK for an 'easy-out'! I would sincerely hope and pray to receive 'PALLIATIVE CARE' that would INCLUDE MY FAMILY MEMBERS!!

Pat Goltz said...

I sure won't travel to any jurisdiction where euthanasia is legal. It's not safe. What if I get into a car accident? I might not make it home alive!

Voice of Gone Ballistic said...

I keep thinking about Sean. He was dying. You do not live long with ALS. What was VCHA thinking. This was a preventable death. VCHA knew Sean was going to use Bill C-14 if he did not get the care he needed. MAID should never have been allowed him. But then MAID never asks motive. The requirement for MAID is medical no other questions asked. The physician must have known of Sean's reason for wanting MAID and he should have refused to euthanize him.

Paul Anderson said...

It is generally much more expensive to provide care in a hospital setting than in a home setting. The province would still have been saving money had they provided Mr. Tagert with 24/7 home care. The province's refusal to provide this amount of home care does seem to indicate that a decision had been made early on to put pressure on the patient in order to incline them to seek euthanasia, thus eliminating future costs.

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