Hospital decides not to remove oxygen from defiant patient

Thursday, May 2, 2019
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

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(UPDATE – 2:00 p.m. Central, May 2, 2019) - A possible euthanasia victim in Minnesota has won a reprieve – but it's unclear if that's a permanent or temporary thing.

(Original story below)

Cassie Cassidy, 64, is in Fairview Hospital in Edina, Minnesota, with lung cancer. "She is on oxygen, not on a ventilator – but she does require supplemental oxygen to stay comfortable and to sustain her life," says Alexandra Snyder of Life Legal Defense Foundation.

Cassidy's health care proxy informed her the hospital planned to remove the oxygen, which would have caused her death – a plan to which Cassidy objected.

Snyder reports there's now been a change of plans. "The hospital had a meeting with the health care proxy and we were informed that the hospital is now complying with the patient's wishes and she will remain on oxygen," says Snyder.

She adds that Life Legal Defense Foundation is prepared to re-enter case, if necessary, to protect Cassidy's life and obtain the hospital's compliance with state law.


Original story:

A pro-life legal organization is trying to save the life of a Minnesota woman whose hospital wants her euthanized against her wishes.  

Alexandra Snyder, who heads Life Legal Defense Foundation, says a 64-year-old woman is currently suffering from lung cancer in a Minneapolis-area hospital.

The woman, Catie Cassidy, has reportedly stated that she does not want oxygen removed.

That action would slowly kill her even though she is conscious and has verbally objected to it.

Hippocratic Oath“I'm so not ready. I say no way,” she said in a recorded video.

Snyder's legal team has intervened with a demand letter that points out Minnesota law requires the hospital to comply with the wishes of a health care proxy, including life-sustaining care.

“And if the hospital is not willing to do so,” Snyder says, “then the hospital must transfer the patient to another hospital that is willing to provide such care.”

The hospital is able to provide the requested care but is unwilling to do so.

If the oxygen is removed, Snyder calls that “flat-out euthanasia” which is illegal in the state and most others, too.

The facility has been meeting to discuss the issue and Life Legal Foundation is awaiting a response.


Editor's note: Original headline was "Hospital weighs removing oxygen from defiant patient"

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