My son has had Type 1 Diabetes since he was 4yrs old….he is now 23. He recently lost eyesight in his left eye, and has partial eyesight in the right eye.
From having diabetes at a young age to losing his eyesight, he decided to apply for MAID (medically assisted in dying) and to our surprise, he got approved for it. Can you believe it!!! The doctor literally has given him the gun to kill himself.
The doctors name who is behind this is JOSHUA TEPPER (@drjoshuatepper) who is from Toronto and works out of St Mikes Hospital, a Catholic hospital, that has policies against MAiD and Euthanasia!!!
Joshua Tepper did the assessment and helped him throughout the whole process in fact he will be the doctor to administer the procedure.
MAiD HOUSE (c/o Tekla Hendrickson) is the place where he will go to get the procedure done. They are also advocates for MAiD regardless of the age (over 18) or circumstances.
Now just think of it…. A young boy who has lived with diabetes, a teenager who has been influenced with Constant marijuana smoking (which has obviously altered his young brain) and now just lost his eye sight has been given the go ahead to give up just like that!!! This doctor and small team of opinions are basing it on Diabetes and blindness and that he is suffering from pain.
However, his pain is managed through injections in his 1 left eye, and his diabetes is managed through insulin. There are plenty of treatments out there for all of this but my son is giving up on life not because of pain and suffering but because it affected him mentally and emotionally.
Giving up is in the now, but killing yourself is for eternal, and not a good reason for MAiD.
One would think that a smart doctor, especially one with young kids, may want to ask his patient these questions:
- Why would you want to die when you still have your whole life ahead of you,
- Can I help you with the right medication for depression,
- Let’s try to find the right therapist for you,
- You have taken drugs for a long time and you are not capable to make this decision right now,
- You only lived with this eye sight issue for a few months you haven’t received proper assistance for this not to mention your right eye is ok,
- Your A1C has been good for 1yr now, which tells me you can manage your diabetes,
- Let’s reach your family so they can understand what’s going on and do what it takes to get proper help, ETC.
None of this happened! Just and application that lasted for 90 days and then his approval from JOSHUA TEPPER AND MAiD HOUSE! There was no attempt to connect with family members, no assistance to get proper help or medication for this young man, just an approval of to grant him with the “gun” to kill himself on SEPTEMBER 28th!
It has not been approved for the right reasons or with the appropriate safeguards followed. In fact, no proper help or intervention has been part of this. This should be a big worry for parents who have children that are suffering from mental illness or any diseases that are managed.
This action has long reaching consequences for all young adults and teens. It will affect them and their parents going through the journey of diabetes, knowing that when the going gets tough, that they can make a decision to have help in dying. This system that allows troubled young adults to make a life altering decision is wrong. That is why I am now making all parents aware of this problem, and the doctor who is making it possible, DOCTOR (JOSHUA TEPPER) AND HIS ASSOCIATION MAID HOUSE, run by TEKLA HENDRICKSON. THIS IS REAL AND I NEED TO TRY TO STOP THIS FROM BECOMING REALITY AND NOT ALLOWING IT BECOME A PRECEDENT CASE FOR FUTURE KIDS LIVING WITH A DIABETES OR ANY OTHER MANAGED DISEASE, OR MENTAL ILLNESS (which was recently approved and made available to individuals suffering with mental illness as of March 2023).
I need your help to make our voices heard. Please sign the attached Petition to stop these awful doctors from giving our children the ammunition they need to kill themselves.
TO ALL PARENTS - understand that as of next year, this will also affect any young adults (18+ yo) with a mental illness to go ahead and proceed with an application to end their life (MAID) even though no parent may think that they would be approved, but it's REAL and TRUE. I never believed (given his age and controlled medical condition) that he would have been approved for such a thing. This needs to be stopped before this situation becomes a reality.
- Margaret Marsilla