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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, October 21, 2013

Consent Required to Pull the Plug in Canada

PlugThe Supreme Court of Canada called this case a "tragic, yet increasingly common conflict,” but dismissed an appeal that would have given doctors at Toronto's Sunnybrook hospital the ability to end life support for Hassan Rasouli against his family's wishes. Hassan Rasouli, 61, has been on a ventilator and feeding tube since a botched brain surgery in 2010. Doctors at the hospital are convinced that there is no hope for Rasouli's recovery. However, Rasouli's wife has not lost hope, believing that her husband has some minimal level of consciousness.

See The Canadian Press, Supreme Court Allows Toronto Man to Stay on Life Support, City News Toronto, Oct. 18, 2013.


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