Medical Stupidity Kills!
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The facts of this case have been taken from the decease d's medical record from the Kirkland and District Hospital. Arlene Berry died suddenly and unexpectedly at the early age of 41, following her admission to the Kirkland and District Hospital on May 23rd of 2000. Some 16 hours after the patient's admission to Kirkland and District Hospital on May 23rd of 2000 the patient's family were notified that Arlene Berry had just died meeting brain death criteria. No autopsy was done. A subsequent request for a formal inquest was denied.
A very small part of the information contained herein comes from observations made by the family of the deceased. Virtually all of the information presented, with the exception of a few personal observations made by myself and based on the extensive research done, is now a matter of public record. There is a public interest in knowing how Arlene Berry came to her death and how her healthcare providers are implicated.
Arlene Berry was declared as having met with 'brain death criteria' , less than 6 hours following her transfer from Kirkland Lake to Sudbury, while under the care of Drs. Sauve and Adegbite. The Regional Coroner, Dr. Barry McLellan concluded that Arlene Berry had died of "natural causes" due to "multiple metastatic brain tumors". The medical record for May 23rd and 24th of 2000 however, tells a very different story.
Withholding life sustaining treatment from an "undiagnosed" patient with concurrent hyperglycemia, hypokalemia and electrolyte abnormalities in combination with a severely paralysed motor function and who is under the influence of sedative hypnotic and tranquilizing agents is of questionable legality. For the record, many conditions may falsely mimic brainstem death clinically upon examination, but without excluding them you will KILL a person by homicide, or criminal negligence, despite the reversibility of brain damage. Recognition of fulminant GBS is important to prevent inappropriate declaration of brain death or withdrawal of life support in the face of potentially reversible causes.
Passive euthanasia involves an allowing of "nature to take its course", while active euthanasia consists of killing someone (to do acts causing death), or by choosing not to act is also an act.
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