Canadian woman suffering from Long Covid has applied for assisted dying

By July 28, 2022 Recent News

This is a sad story that illustrates the dangers of liberal euthanasia laws… 

A Canadian woman suffering from Long Covid has applied for assisted dying. Tracey Thompson has already received one doctor’s approval and is now awaiting a second specialist’s approval to then proceed with assisted dying. 

Extreme fatigue and a lack of financial support caused Thompson to apply for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) – Canada’s voluntary euthanasia program. She is unable to work and expects to run out of money in five months.

“(MAiD) is exclusively a financial consideration,” she said.

“My choices are basically to die slowly and painfully, or quickly. Those are the options that are left.”

Thompson stressed she still enjoys life and doesn’t want to die, but doesn’t think she could survive without an income.

According to the Canadian Government’s own data, there have been 21,589 medically assisted deaths since euthanasia became legal in 2016.

When MAiD first became legal in Canada it was only available for people who were terminally ill. However, last year the criteria changed to “cannot be relieved under conditions that you consider acceptable”. From March 17 2023, the program will be expanded to include people with mental illness as their sole underlying medical condition.

Not only is this story very sad, it also highlights the dangers of liberal euthanasia laws which inevitably get expanded over time.

Read full story here.

Note – ‘Long Covid’ is a term to describe the effects of Covid-19 that continue for weeks or months beyond the initial illness. Symptoms include chronic fatigue, brain fog, and chest pain. 

*This post was written by Family First staff writers.