‘Father of palliative care’ Slams Quebec Euthanasia Bill

By March 12, 2014 Recent News

Epoch Times 12 February 2014
With Quebec’s euthanasia bill expected to undergo its final vote on Friday, a Canadian physician considered the father of palliative care in North America says legalizing doctor-assisted death would be a “disastrous mistake.”
Dr. Balfour Mount has made it his life’s work to help ease the suffering of critically ill patients. He coined the phrase “palliative care” (to palliate means to improve the quality of something), and set up the first ward at McGill’s Royal Victoria Hospital in 1973.
Mount, 74, has a unique perspective on the euthanasia debate, having experience on both sides of the hospital bed. He has survived decades of critical illness including testicular cancer in his 20s, esophageal cancer in his 60s, and a heart attack.
Mount admits that in his darkest moments of suffering it was easy to lose hope and the will to live. Even now, he has to sleep sitting up because if he lies down the contents of his bowels will run into his lungs, and it’s been that way for 14 years.
Despite it all, he says euthanasia was never an option.