By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Ron Siwicki, the Winnipeg man who left his mother unattended on the floor to die over a span of three weeks, was sentenced to three months in jail, after pleading guilty to criminal negligence last January.
“Ron Siwicki, 62, will receive credit for a month he’s already served,” CBC News reported.
This is a horrific case of elder abuse neglect. It was also a story that euthanasia activists used to promote euthanasia in Canada.
According to Erin Brohman’s July 10 CBC News report, Elizabeth Siwicki, who died in December 2014, was living with dementia. The report states
She fell out of bed in November 2014 and couldn’t get up.
Siwicki, who was her caregiver, cried as he said his mother did not want to go to a hospital.
She was left in the spot where she had fallen for more than three weeks, covered in her own excrement.
She died of sepsis after the bed sores covering her body from the prolonged immobility became infected. An autopsy found that the bed sores were so severe, they went down to her bones.
Siwicki said he tried to care for his mother after her fall by giving her nutritional supplement drinks and water. He waited until his mother died before he tried to clean her or call an ambulance.
There was so much human waste around her that the carpet underneath had buckled, court was told.
Siwicki claimed that he was following the wishes of his mother but based on the statement of facts, it seems very hard to believe him. However Justice Colleen Suche did.
Even if we believe his mother refused to go to the hospital, leaving her to lie in her own excrement for three weeks is a telling example of extreme elder abuse.
The fact that a euthanasia activist used this case to promote euthanasia, shows the mentality of those who push death upon our cultural, rather than recognizing how Elizabeth Siwicki was neglected and abused.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.