The case of Samuel Golubchuk

February 26, 2008 | by Tyler Chamberlain , Researcher, Institute of Marriage and Family Canada
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  4. “Legislation provides that the death of a person takes place at the time at which irreversible cessation of all that person's brain function occurs,” reads their guideline statement. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba. (2008, January 30). Statement: Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Treatment. (Report No. 1602)  p. 15-S2.
  5. “Life-sustaining” refers to care that prolongs life without correcting the underlying medical condition: “Any treatment that is undertaken for the purpose of prolonging the patient’s life and that is not intended to reverse the underlying medical condition,” reads the ManitobaCollege statement. (p. 15-S3)
  6. Miller, Jennifer, personal communication, February 13, 2008.
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