June 25, 2008

Man at Centre of Life Support Controversy in Winnipeg Hospital Dies


WINNIPEG - An elderly man at the centre of a court case over life and death has died of natural causes in a Winnipeg hospital.

The family of Samuel Golubchuk, 84, had gotten a court order requiring doctors at Grace Hospital to keep him on life support. They said that to hasten his death would be a sin under Orthodox Jewish law. Since last November, hospital officials wanted to pull Golubchuk off life support, saying he had virtually no chance of improving.

Three physicians resigned their privileges at the Grace Hospital over the case.

A trial over the matter had been set to start in the fall.