Samuel Golubchuk, 84, has been on life support with minimal brain function at the Grace Hospital since last fall.
A doctor in Winnipeg has agreed to treat a dying 84-year-old man amid a legal and medical row between his family and physicians who say keeping him alive is unethical, a published report said Wednesday.Quote has been trimmed
Three doctors at the city's Grace Hospital have refused to continue providing care to the elderly patient, Samuel Golubchuk, who they say has no brain function and should not be kept physically alive on a ventilator.
But other doctors have come forward and agreed to provide care, said Heidi Graham, spokeswoman for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
"Our regional critical care program and hospital have developed a plan that involves having one attending physician of record for the patient in question," Graham told CBC News on Wednesday morning.
"This physician will be supported by two other physicians. These three physicians have already agreed to this, and this situation will allow the other physicians in the Grace intensive care unit to continue with their scheduled rotations if they so desire."
"When a person is born, it's written down when they're going to die. So it's God that decides this, not the doctors,"
^ Then if that is the case, the doctors are interfering with God's plan by keeping him on life support in the first place, considdering by natural causes, if it was removed, he would die.
If God decides this, then obviously the Doctors do not..... and in the same breath, neither does the family.... and that's exactly what's going on. They themselves are contradicting their own beliefs.
Golubchuk had developed bedsores, Kumar wrote, and doctors were having to trim infected flesh from his body to prevent infections from spreading.
"To inflict this kind of assault on him without a reasonable hope of benefit is an abomination," Kumar's letter said. "I can't do it."
^ And I respect that decision. What kind of life would he have left if he did recover, only to end up with a good chunk of his body removed to avoid infection? And don't forget, they got a court order to keep him on the life support until at least September..... so what kind of condition is this poor guy going to be in by then??
This isn't the man making the decisions, it's his family on emotional and skewed religious views. If he was making the decision himself based on religions views, that's his choice, but for his family to make him slowly rot away because they can face reality is completely disgusting.
This is very similar to what occured with my grandmother and how my family tried to keep her on life support for as long as they could after she had her stroke. In the end they had no choice but to remove the system or she would die from the damage the system would have done to her being down her throat, etc...... she died regardless..... all the life support system did was prolong her death.
And my family's beliefs were similar to the above religious beliefs of not quickening their deaths (Or assisted suicide if you will) ~ But this isn't assisted suicide and it's not speeding up their deaths..... all it is doing is prolonging their inevitable death which can not be avoided.
What's worse about this case compared to my grandmother's is that this man is going to be on the life support for much much longer, he's suffering from bed sores and infections, the doctors have to remove his flesh to prevent those infections from spreading, etc..... and he's apparently got 3 more months of this coming his way...... oh and he's apparently has no brain activity from what the doctors claim.
In my grandmother's case, she was still concious, still could move her hands and head, look around and the sort.... but she couldn't talk because of the tubes, and due to the drugs they had her on, she was usually in and out of it all the time..... and if at anytime they turned off the machine, she would have died, because she couldn't breath on her own.
I swear to whatever God might be out there..... if I ever suffer from anything that lays me up on life support and the chances of my survival are nill..... flick the switch and get it the hell over with.... I'd rather die with a little bit of dignity then to let my family watch me slowly rot away in front of them.
Trust me, it only makes it harder in the end.