Toronto hospital illegally imposed ‘do-not-resuscitate’ order against wishes of dying man’s family: medical board

By Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

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In a rare display of disagreement, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board rejected a decision by the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons and provided some Justice for the family of Douglas DeGuerre, who died on September 22, 2008, after doctors at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto unilaterally imposed a do not resuscitate order against the wishes of DeGuerre and his family.

The Appeal and Review Board decided that:

Doctors at a major Toronto hospital violated the law by unilaterally imposing a do-not-resuscitate order on Douglas DeGuerre against his family’s wishes.

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