“I Want To Live”: Minnesota Hospital Attempts to Euthanize Lung Cancer Patient

In September 1958, I was born at Fairview Riverside Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

On Wednesday, Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minnesota had planned to activity end the life of Catie Cassidy.

What could have possibly happened in the Fairview healthcare system that euthanasia was seen as a reasonable means of offering ‘care and comfort’ at the end of their patient’s life?

The United States Supreme Court ruling Roe vs Wade. Clearly, the diminishing of the sanctity of life in the womb has extended to dignity at the end of one’s life.

Catie Cassidy is a 64 year old woman dying of lung cancer. She has the right to care and comfort from healthcare providers in Minnesota. Instead, health professionals at the hospital were intent on removing Catie’s oxygen thereby suffocating her to death against her wishes “to live.

It’s unimaginable the fear that Catie Cassidy must have experienced knowing that her last moments of life would be fighting for breath and knowing that it would be at the hands of those that are meant to provide care for her.

The Legal Defense Foundation in Minnesota has been fighting to prevent Fairview Southdale Hospital from euthanizing Catie.

The Life Legal Defense Foundation released the following statement on Facebook on Tuesday, April 30:

Hospital to euthanize woman who says “I want to LIVE”
Catie is a patient at a hospital in Minnesota. She has lung cancer and needs oxygen to remain comfortable. The hospital plans to remove Catie’s oxygen tomorrow morning, which will result in her death by suffocation.
Catie is on video saying she does not want the hospital to “pull the plug.” She relayed this to the hospital’s chaplain, who was sent to Catie’s room by the hospital to prepare her to be euthanized. Even though the hospital has been sedating Catie, she understands what the hospital is planning to do and says she is still fighting and is “not ready” to die.
We are appalled that a hospital would even consider withdrawing oxygen from a patient who has clearly communicated that she wants to live. When asked if she wants her oxygen removed, Catie’s response was “NO! I want to live!”
Withdrawing Catie’s oxygen to cause her death is active euthanasia, which is illegal in Minnesota and every other state.
Life Legal is evaluating legal options at this time.

Legal Executive Director Alexandra Snyder stated:

When asked if she wants her oxygen removed, Catie’s response was ‘NO! I want to live!’ Withdrawing Catie’s oxygen to cause her death is active euthanasia, which is illegal in Minnesota and every other state. We implore the hospital to do the right thing and provide the care Catie needs.

Thankfully, yesterday LLDF reported:

Thank you SO MUCH to all who showed up for Catie by getting the word out and calling the hospital. You are AMAZING! I learned a few minutes ago that the hospital is not going to remove Catie’s oxygen. They agreed to abide by her wishes and the wishes of her health care proxy to allow Catie to remain on oxygen. She is resting comfortably now. Thank you again! ❤️


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