Monday, July 24, 2017

A St. Anthony, N.L., mother is looking for an apology from Labrador-Grenfell Health after she says she was told to consider assisted suicide to end her daughter's life. 'I'm not going to let them walk over her and mistreat her anymore.'- Sheila Elson Sheila Elson's 25-year-old daughter, Candice, suffers from several medical conditions, including spina bifida, cerebral palsy and chronic seizure disorder. Shocking incident During a hospital stay in St. Anthony last November when Candice was very sick, Elson said a doctor told her that her daughter was dying and that she had the option to end her life if she wanted.




A St. Anthony mother is looking for an apology from Labrador-Grenfell Health after saying she was told to consider assisted suicide to end her daughter's life.
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Julie Ali This is not surprising to me based on the history of Do not resuscitate orders for four years that were placed on my handicapped sister's medical file by the Grey Nuns Hospital doctors. What is surprising is that the doctor didn't simply put the DNR there himself. In Alberta, that's what they do and they are now empowered by AHS to do this even against the personal directive requirements for full resuscitation. When its about premature termination, the folks at AHS have covered the butts of doctors by giving them the power to terminate but I am curious how the court system will view this god like power given to doctors by bureaucrats. Isn't this a human rights infringement of the worse sort? Why are handicapped patients being targeted in this way? They're not dead yet. #NotDeadYet

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This sort of attitude is prevalent in Alberta as well. My handicapped sister was labelled at non-compliant and "Do not Resuscitate" Orders were placed on her medical file for four years by doctors at the Grey Nuns Hospital. When family protested that she wanted resuscitation as per her Personal Directive we were ignored. This is to say that the DNR orders were left on her record.
 After complaining to the GOA all that has happened is that the folks at AHS have made the DNR order into a medical decision that can overrule the patient's wishes for resuscitation and the personal directive. Any time citizens complain about unjust situations that are frankly human rights abuses of handicapped citizens the health authority with the full agreement of Alberta Health simply handicaps families even more. Now if there is a DNR order on my sister's file I am going to do what? I guess I am going to have to go to court. How ridiculous is this? This ridiculous. And inhumane.
Good luck getting an apology from the bureaucrats. They will probably make policy and procedure so that the doctors can do what they want to do in terms of premature termination as they have in Alberta. #NotDeadYet

A St. Anthony mother is looking for an apology from Labrador-Grenfell Health after saying she was told to consider assisted suicide to end her daughter's life.
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http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/doctor-suggested-assisted-suicide-daughter-mother-elson-1.4218669

Mother says doctor suggested ending her daughter's life while daughter was listening

Labrador-Grenfell Health willing to meet with Sheila Elson and her daughter's care team regarding incident

Geoff Bartlett · CBC News7 Hours Ago
Sheila Elson and Candice Lewis
Sheila Elson's daughter, Candice, suffers from several medical conditions, such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy and chronic seizure disorder. Elson said last November a doctor in St. Anthony suggested she should consider assisted suicide for Candice. (Gavin Simms/CBC)
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A St. Anthony, N.L., mother is looking for an apology from Labrador-Grenfell Health after she says she was told to consider assisted suicide to end her daughter's life.
'I'm not going to let them walk over her and mistreat her anymore.'- Sheila Elson
Sheila Elson's 25-year-old daughter, Candice, suffers from several medical conditions, including spina bifida, cerebral palsy and chronic seizure disorder.

Shocking incident

During a hospital stay in St. Anthony last November when Candice was very sick, Elson said a doctor told her that her daughter was dying and that she had the option to end her life if she wanted.
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"His words were 'assisted suicide death was legal in Canada,'" she told CBC. "I was shocked, and said, 'well, I'm not really interested,' and he told me I was being selfish."
To make matters worse, said Elson, Candice was within earshot of the conversation when the doctor made the suggestion — which she said was quite traumatic for her to hear.

Pattern of mistreatment

After talking with some social workers, Elson was told she wouldn't be able to make a decision on ending her daughter's life, even if she wanted to. That decision would have to be made by Candice herself, who is capable of verbally communicating.
Candice Lewis painting
Candice is capable of verbally communicating and is an avid painter. Her mother Sheila says hearing her doctor suggest assisted suicide has been traumatic for both Candice as well as herself. (Submitted by Sheila Elson)
Elson said the incident is just the most recent example of mistreatment she's experienced from Labrador-Grenfell Health. In one example, she said a nurse referred to her daughter as a "frequent flyer" at the hospital — which she feels is insensitive to say about someone with so many health issues.
"She's sick. [When] she gets sick you take her to the hospital," Elson said. "Whether she's there 10 times a week or 25 times a day, she's still a human being."

Wants apology

After the doctor made the suggestion last November, Elson started pressing for a response from Labrador-Grenfell Health on the matter.
She eventually received a response that said the doctor didn't intend to cause her distress, which isn't good enough for Elson. She wants a formal apology from the health authority.
"I didn't want another family going through what we went through. People like her are being mistreated, and enough is enough," she said. "I'm not going to let them walk over her and mistreat her anymore."
After CBC contacted Labrador-Grenfell Health for a response, the authority responded by saying it could not discuss the details around the case, but has been in contact with Elson and has offered her the opportunity to meet with members of her daughter's care team at her earliest convenience.

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#NotDeadYet--why does the medical profession consider citizens with disabilities who use the medical system frequently to be disposable citizens? Who gives doctors the right to even discuss such issues with families who do not want premature termination or death by doctor? Just who do these folks think they are? God?
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