But there's a reality as well. Barb's condition is advanced. She has a feeding tube because she can't swallow. She's been bed-bound. The brief times she tried to utter a word, she has barely been audible. A do-not-resuscitate order, issued before the trip was even conceived, still stands. A month ago there was a family discussion about a transfer to Barrie's new hospice facility.
"I am at a loss for words about how they can let somebody deteriorate to the point of death," said Paulette O'Leary, a Toronto neuroscientist with MS who underwent the procedure in the U.S. last month. "I'm devastated, as a health-care professional, that we cannot help people.
"I'm still beyond words on how they can deny someone who's going to die."
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