When I wrote yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, it was a subject close to my heart.
I discussed the issue of who is in control of our medical healthcare system, here in Ontario, Canada. Albeit, I didn't discuss Gordon's issue, but rather, the battle which was fought by the parents of Baby Joseph.
Here in Ontario, Canada, Joseph's family even had to enter a legal battle, with the doctors and hospital. Baby Joseph's parents wanted the tracheotomy to be done, because this would allow him to be able to breath on his own.
If it were me, I would want my child to be able to breath on his/her own until death, rather than have life shortened by allowing my loved one to suffocate until death arrived, prematurely. This was exactly what his parents wanted for him.
If the procedure had been done here in our province, Baby Joseph would have been taken home much sooner than he was. Nor would this family have had to travel a great distance to U.S.A., taking much time and bringing about much expense. For what?
So they could finally receive the medical treatment that they should have received, right here at home.
And, there would not have been any need for legal battles. All in all, Joseph's parents would have had more quality time with their child, before his inevitable death.
At the time, the parents had to file a lawsuit in order to try and gain control over the fate of their child. How terrible was that!
Would you want to have to fight a legal battle, in order to allow your child to live?
Now, if you read the Windsor Star article I posted a link to in yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that the legal battle is not over. In fact, it's truly only just begun.
Not only will this mean emotional trauma for Baby Joseph's parents, but it will also mean the tax payer will be paying dearly.
No matter the outcome from the legal battle, each party will be having to obtain more legal assistance. Lawyers services are not cheap, especially in matters like this.
We taxpayers will ultimately pay for the medical system's parties, because the hospital is involved. Only time will tell how much it will cost, financially.
Hopefully, the financial cost of fighting this upcoming legal battle will not be provided for through our provincial medical healthcare system.
After all, our system is in need of every dollar it can get. And, why should we citizens have to do without the healthcare that those funds were provided for. I pray this is not the case.
In addition, I must say this: Had the hospital and physicians decided to allow the parents their hearts desire to have their loved one die in God's time and not their time, there would be no lawsuit. There would not have been turmoil and heartbreak for Joseph's family, stress for the medical community and no legal costs.
So, why did they do what they did?
I believe decisions were made by those who believed they were medically in control, because they wanted to remain in control.
Not just in a prideful manner, although that is sinful enough. But also, in my opinon, I think they believe they should make all medical decisions for people. In essence, they enjoy playing God.
If you've read my book Love Never Fails You... you will be aware that I am not happy with our current medical system, here in Ontario, Canada.
Like Baby Joseph's parents, I too faced the dilemma they did. The difference?
Well, because of a past experience issue with another family member, both Gordon and I found out the hard way that lawyers and police were not willing to intervene in a medical issue, at the last moment. At least, not for adults.
Consequently, when I was faced with the fact that Gordon's plug was being pulled against my will, thereby ending his life, I knew there was nothing I could do about it. Absolutely, nothing. Nada.
While I am not happy about what Baby Joseph's parents had to endure, I am grateful that they chose to speak up. Speak out.
Not just to win the right to have their son die in God's time and not at the hands of those who try to play God. I believe those who believe they can play God need to realize that they need to have a heart, too.
Wasn't our healthcare system set up to provide healthcare for those who need it?
Of course it was. That is why each and every taxpayer, pays for the priviledge of this medical programme. It was set up to ensure that all who need medical care will receive it, and not be set aside to suffer and die, because they could not afford medical care, financially.
As like yesterday, I feel there is more to be said regarding this issue. Please bear with me.
Until next time...
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