Push for euthanasia ignores misdiagnosis

Monday, December 18, 2017
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

doctor writing prescriptionThere is a side to the euthanasia debate that is rarely considered. 

In 2016, Mya DeRyan was diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition told OneNewsNow DeRyan completely lost hope and boarded a British Columbia ferry at Vancouver's Horseshoe Bay.

After the ferry was far off the shore, she jumped off. Thankfully, she was noticed and alarms began going off. Ferry personnel saved her, but that was only part of the story. While she was in the hospital recovering from her attempted suicide, she found out that she was given a wrong diagnosis and wasn't terminally ill at all.

Schadenberg, Alex (EPC)After her stint in the hospital, she has experienced dramatic improvement. Assisted suicide was not legal then but is now. There is also the case of a man dying by assisted suicide in Switzerland and an autopsy revealed he did not have a terminal illness at all.

“A misdiagnosis goes two ways,” Schadenberg said. “Medical error in the United States is the third leading cause of death.”

The death is caused on two fronts. On the one, more common front are those who die as a direct result of treatment for the misdiagnosis. But the other front includes those who commit suicide, those like DeRyan who were not so fortunate to be rescued.

Euthanasia is final, there's no turning back, no second chance at life. I addition, with most euthanasia cases, there are no investigations to see if there were any misdiagnoses. 

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