The case has been moved from the back burner to the front in this just in. They want a hurry up killing, dang it. Already, the doctor assigned to the kill had stomped off in a tantrum because of the long wait to satisfaction. What is such a body to do?
A Manitoba judge has moved up the date for a trial that'll determine whether an elderly Winnipegger should be kept on life support.
The case surrounding the care of Samuel Golubchuk was to start in December, but Court of Queen's Bench Justice Marc Monnin sided yesterday with an application from the Grace Hospital to move the trial up to mid-September.
The hospital says the task of caring for Golubchuk is taking a toll on staff, and one intensive care specialist has already stopped working rotations at the facility in protest.
Golubchuk, 84, has been on life support since last November and is relying on a feeding tube and a ventilator. Hospital officials decided last year to end Golubchuk's life support, saying he had virtually no chance of improving. But the Golubchuk family took the matter to court, saying the move would violate his beliefs as an Orthodox Jew.
Karen Weber is a fresh case for a pitch for advance directives, that's all.
WTVG -- The Advance Care Planning Coalition says you need to make it clear who will speak for you if you can't.
A feeding tube keeps her alive. Her sister wants to keep her on it, but her husband does not. What you can do if it happens to you? The message is to talk to your family.
Karen Weber, 57, is caught in the middle of an emotional struggle and a legal battle. In December, a stroke left Weber partially paralyzed. She's currently in a Florida nursing home while her sister lives in Sylvania Township. She explains Karen can still laugh, cry, and nod yes or no, but that she can't live without a feeding tube.
Her husband wants to take her off it, but members of Karen's family have filed an injunction which temporarily prevents him from doing so. This type of conflict can be avoided with a living will. The Advance Care Planning Coalition says you don't need a lawyer. You just need to make it clear who will speak for you if you can't. "And since there are different decisions that can be made, depending on a person's values, the more they tell their family ahead of time, and even get it in writing, the better that care will be," says RN Patti Beach.....