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Baby Joseph medical ethics

2011-03-07

Professor Udo Schuklenk is available to talk about the medical ethic issues involved in the court case of 13-month old Baby Joseph of Windsor, Ont.

Doctors want to remove Joseph Maraachli’s breathing tube but the parents fear that will lead to choking and a painful death. They want doctors to perform a tracheotomy to allow them to take their child, who has a fatal neurological disorder, home to die peacefully and surrounded by family.

Dr. Schuklenk is a philosophy professor who specializes in medical ethics. He is heading an expert panel for the Royal Society of Canada and preparing a public report on key aspects of end-of-life issues, including voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.

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