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Apr 072017

According to P J McGrath, aged 60, he was tired, nauseated and joyful. It was July 28, 2016, the day he had chosen to end his suffering and die. McGrath was among the first in the province to apply for MAID. His case was unique—he was dying from cancer, but slowly. There was debate initially about whether his natural death was “reasonably foreseeable,” as required by the assisted dying law. He lived his last 10 months of life in a Calgary hospital facility and was the first to have an assisted death in the hospital. It was performed by Dr H who chose not to opt-out, as the new law permitted, but said “obviously, there’s a huge security risk. Not just for me, but for my family.”


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