Pastor falls victim to euthanasia
September 10, 2010 Leave a comment
By Charlie Butts – OneNewsNow
One organization is considering the recent death of Canadian euthanasia victim to be a wake-up call for the living.
Pastor Joshua Mayandy died Monday, in part because he had not received proper care to continue living. He was left without IV fluids, nutrition and medication from August 17 until the substitute decision-maker agreed on August 28 to allow a nurse from his church to feed him orally.
“These decisions were made based on the fact that because of his heart attack, he had experienced ‘cognitive disability,’ lets call it — and because of that cognitive disability, certain people considered his life not worth living,” laments Alex Schadenberg, director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC).
So for about 11 days, the pastor was denied food and hydration. Mayandy did not have an advance directive, leaving it up to the courts to decide his fate. Schadenberg points out that in any case with similar circumstances, not previously declaring one’s wishes makes it difficult for the courts to decide what is in the patient’s best interest “or at least to find a person who they can trust to make decisions for them….” Read the full story: OneNewsNow