The Right To Survive
by annelaurenceb on January 27, 2015 - 7:10am
On Monday January 19th 2015, the young 11 years old First Nations’ Makayla Sault died of cancer in her house. As written by Gloria Galloway in the Globe and Mail on January 19th 2015, this little girl had cancer but she was taken away from chemotherapy by her parents last year. The motives of her parents for that decision were that they are aboriginal people and they thought it was better for her healing to receive traditional treatments instead. The employees of the McMaster Children Hospital in Hamilton brought this case to court as they said it was necessary for this girl to receive the treatments in order to survive and they felt like they needed to protect and try to save this child. The final decision submitted by the judge was that he refused to overpass the traditional beliefs of the family and said that the Constitution was protecting Makayla and her mother’s decision to treat her with aboriginal treatments. The outcome of this non-treatment brought the little girl to finally pass away because of her cancer, which was curable according to the doctors with the right treatment.
I personally believe that this situation should not have happened and that this should not be allowed by the Courts of Justice, since even though I totally respect the aboriginal traditions, I believe that nothing should bypass one’s security and possibility to live. By allowing this child not to receive chemotherapy, a treatment which would surely have saved her life according to the specialists, it is similar to me as accepting the inevitable death of this girl. There are many things that could have been done to change the outcome of this situation, and that could also be done in the future. For example, the simple action of instituting a legislation which would say that in no circumstances and according to no religion or particular beliefs this kind of choice should be possible if it is threatening the survival of an individual.
Here is a link to the source I used to write this post: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/health-care-must-do-better-at-respecting-aboriginal-patients-journal-urges/article22517597/. I believe that this is a reliable source since the Globe and Mail is the second biggest daily newspaper after the Toronto Star and its weekly circulation was of almost 2 million people in 2011, and I believe that since the number of readers is so big, it brings certain notoriety to this