By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
On April 6, Candice Lewis died a natural death. Candice made a difference in the world.
We first learned about Candice and her mom Sheila in July 2017 when CBC Newfoundland published an article concerning the complaint by Sheila about Candice being pressured to ask for Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) while she was receiving medical treatment in August 2016.
An in-depth article was written by Stephen Roberts, for the Northern Pen concerning the complaint letter that Sheila, sent to the hospital. It stated:
Elson wrote that Heroux had taken her out into the hallway by Lewis’s hospital room to discuss physician-assisted death and advise her the option was legal in Canada.
She alleges the doctor said he supported physician-assisted death for Lewis.
“This left me dumbfounded and I told him it was something I did not want to consider,” she said.
She contends the doctor suggested she was being selfish and that she told him that she didn’t believe Lewis was able to fully comprehend what was being suggested.
She says Lewis could hear the conversation from her room and it was causing emotional distress for them both.
“I am still very concerned about this, it is always on my mind. I am emotionally exhausted. I see that it has been also very stressful for Candice and one of my main reasons for writing this letter is that I don’t want any other family to have to go through this,” Elson wrote.
We learned more in August 2017 when Roberts wrote a follow up article for the Northern Pen indicating that Candice’s health had improved.
Yesterday Kevin published a tribute to Candice on his blog.
Since that time, Kevin and I have continued communicating with Candice and Sheila. They have made a difference in the lives of so many.
How many cases, similar to Candice Lewis have occurred in Canada and either died by lethal injection or were so shocked by the experience of being pressured that they have not spoken about it? Thank you Candice for sharing your story.
My deepest condolences go to Sheila and the family. Sheila loved and cared for her daughter Candice. Sheila told me that her heart is broken.
Candice lived her life and will be remembered for how she helped to change the world.
Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog [https://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/2020/04/candice-lewis-made-difference-in-this.html]and is reposted with permission.