An Ontario man is suing the government and their affiliated healthcare providers for violating his Vharter rights to life, liberty and security of the person, and for failing to provide him with medically assisted life.
Roger Foley is dying. The 42-year-old has a progressive incurable neurological disease called cerebellar ataxia, which makes it hard for him to move his arms and legs. He needs round the clock home care.
It’s getting hard for him to speak, but while the disease is taking Foley’s body, it’s not taking his mind, his positive outlook, or his will to live every day he has left to the fullest.
It’s that desire to live each day the best he can that prompted his lawsuit.
Foley says his home care workers have mixed-up his meds, given him food poisoning and have exacerbated his condition. He ended up in the hospital but they say he can’t stay there and, according to Foley, have threatened to slap him with an $1,800 per day bill if he doesn't leave.
But he says he can’t safely go home unless he has the ability to be in charge of his own home care.
Then the hospital offered Foley a second option as a solution to the stand-off over his care:
Since he’s terminally ill, he qualifies for medically assisted death.
Even the most libertarian types among us — those who are okay with euthanasia and want the right to do whatever they want with their own bodies — should be horrified that the province’s response to a man asking to be treated well is, “If you don't like it. you can always just drop dead.”