END OF LIFE CARE RULING

Dec 10, 2012

By Bob Komsic

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The Supreme Court of Canada is weighing in on a case that could have a profound effect on end of life care in this country.

The case involved Hassan Rasouli, a Toronto man who’s been in hospital barely conscious the past two years.

Rasouli’s doctors say there’s no hope he’ll recover from brain damage suffered following surgery in October 2010.

They want to take him off his ventilator put him into palliative care, but they don’t have the consent of Rasouli’s wife.

Their lawyers argue that under the law, doctors cannot be forced to provide care that is futile.

It may be weeks or months before the Supreme Court rules.

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