Lifesite News has the story.
The pastor, Joshua, had not indicated his end-of-life decisions in writing or appointed a decision maker for health care. He is able to breathe on his own and is partially conscious, able to answer some one-word questions on the telephone with his sister. Evidently, "Do you want to be dehydrated to death?" isn't a question the hospital officials are interested in asking him. The hospital's determination that he must die appears to be based solely on the conclusion that he won't recover fully. The disabled should be very concerned about this.
More disturbing still (advocates of "choice" in dying, please note), someone--the court? the hospital?--told a candidate "decision maker" that he must agree to Joshua's death by dehydration in order to be appointed. Joshua's sister, who does not live in Canada, had previously been rejected by the court for reasons that are unclear. (The statement made was that she "was not capable of making medical decisions" for him.) The faux "decision maker" (really, at this point, just a mouthpiece for the hospital) agreed to the conditions and has been appointed. Joshua's dehydration began on August 17.
Read the whole Lifesite article.
Letters calling for Joshua's food and fluids to be restored and protesting the pressure placed upon decision makers in his case may be sent to Brampton Civic Hospital at
and to the Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario (I guess I don't dare say "death panel," do I?) at