‘I thought it was ridiculous’: Religious facilities opposing assisted death leave patients in a bind (St. Paul's Hospital)
The first time that Ian Pope was transferred out of a Vancouver Catholic hospital for an assisted-death eligibility assessment, the appointment started badly and ended worse.
On the taxi ride from St. Paul's Hospital to a downtown clinic, a catheter bag affixed to the 64-year-old's electric wheelchair ruptured. A vase had to be placed under it to catch the leaking urine.
As the appointment wore on, Mr. Pope, who had an advanced case of multiple sclerosis, could barely stay awake.
Kelly Grant reports