Monday, March 17, 2008
ANY WAY TO TREAT A VETERAN?
Orthodox Jew to remain on life support, trial next
This horrific morality tale being played out in Canada should be a wake up for us all!
Golubchuk's adult children argue that taking their father off of life support goes against their faith.
Neil Kravetsky is the lawyer representing the Golubchuk family.
Winnipeg's Grace Hospital where Samuel Golubchuk is being kept alive on life support.
CTV.ca News Staff
Updated: Wed. Feb. 13 2008 9:21 PM ET
The case of a family's fight to keep their 84-year-old father on life support against the wishes of a Winnipeg hospital will go to trial, after a judge ruled that doctors should not have "the final say."
In the meantime, Samuel Golubchuk, an Orthodox Jew, will remain on life support at Grace Hospital, connected to a feeding tube and ventilator.
"We are grateful for the decision the judge made -- not only for my father, but for all the elderly people and disabled people," son Percy Golubchuk told reporters.
Doctors at the facility have claimed that Golubchuk has minimal brain function and that his chances for recovery are slim.
But Golubchuk's adult children argue that taking their father off of life support goes against their faith. They say hastening their father's death is a sin under their Orthodox Jewish faith.
"Doctors don't know everything," said Percy Golubchuk. "God is the major doctor." (continued . . )