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Canada: Euthanasia for woman who couldn’t face Christmas lockdown

January 2021

An elderly Canadian woman was euthanised to avoid a second Covid-19 lockdown over the Christmas period, according to news reports.

Canadian TV station CTV reported that 90-year old Nancy Russell, who was neither chronically ill nor dying, was allowed to die by elective lethal injection to avoid going through another lockdown.

While she was not allowed to see people while she was alive, at her deathbed the care home permitted Ms Russell to be surrounded by family and friends.

According to CTV News’ medical correspondent Avis Favaro, she chose a medically-assisted death (MAID) after she declined so sharply during lockdown she didn’t want to go through more isolation this winter.

Dr Gordon Macdonald, Chief Executive of the UK group Care Not Killing, commented, ‘This shocking story highlights how quickly well-meaning, but dangerous changes, put forward under the false premise of alleviating suffering, can spin out of control.

He added, ‘Our current laws here in the UK, which ban both assisted suicide and euthanasia, exist to protect those who are sick, elderly, depressed, or disabled from feeling obliged to end their lives.’