1st Canadian undergoes doctor-assisted death in B.C.

Source: CTV

A Calgary woman who was granted a legal exemption for doctor-assisted death has ended her life in British Columbia with the help of a physician.

The woman, who cannot be identified because of a court-ordered publication ban, suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

She died on Monday, with her family at her side, in Vancouver.

An Alberta court decision released on Tuesday says she was in the final stages of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The degenerative neurological disease progressed rapidly after diagnosis and the woman was given “at most” six months to live at the time of the court hearing.

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