He is disabled (see post below). His parents got a ’stay of
execution’ (so to speak) from having his ventilator removed in a
medical system forced to ration. Anyone not in that system may find
this exceptional. It is not, sad to say.

“While Isaac and Rebecka May, the Canadian couple who are fighting
for their new-born baby’s life, are awaiting a January 27th judgment on
their petition for a 90-day injunction against their hospital’s order
to remove their baby Isaiah’s ventilator, some advocates for the
disabled are saying that what the May’s are experiencing is shockingly
common in Canada.

“According to Sam Sansalone, father of Katya Sansalone, who was born
8 years ago with full trisomy 13, in Canada “profoundly disabled kids
are routinely – and intentionally – not treated with life-saving
intervention.” Sansalone serves as co-chair of the Advisory Committee
of Family to Family Connections at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, a
family-centered care initiative recently launched in Southern Alberta.

“He said that “the dynamic that we had to fight became very quickly
and firmly entrenched as soon as we had a genetic diagnosis.” “The
clear mandate, at least at that time, was that you don’t save these
disabled children’s lives,” he continued. “You allow them to die – even
though the needed interventions are exactly the same as would routinely
and unquestionably be given to quote-unquote normal children.”

There’s a lot wrong with this, not the least of which is some panel
deciding which human beings are “normal.” And what qualifies them to
define that.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....