Terri Schiavo’s Family Lobbies Canadian Hospital on Samuel Golubchuck’s Behalf

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 16, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schiavo’s Family Lobbies Canadian Hospital on Samuel Golubchuck’s Behalf Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 16,

Winnipeg, Canada (LifeNews.com) — The family of Terri Schiavo is coming to the aide of Samuel Golubchuck and has lobbied a hospital in Canada to not revoke his food and water or his lifesaving medical treatment. The Schindler family’s help comes just as Golubchuck’s family celebrated a court decision in their favor.

Golubchuck’s family won a victory this past week when a court issued an injunction preventing Grace General Hospital from removing Samuel Golubchuck’s life support and killing him.

His family has been arguing with hospital officials who claim he is to far gone to receive proper medical care. Grace Hospital will not be allowed to remove the respirator, dehydrate, or starve Golubchuck while the family presents more evidence at a trial.

The family is getting help from Bobby Schindler, Terri Schiavo’s brother, who says their situation is worse because they are in agreement about Golubchuck’s care but are fighting hospital officials who are bent on letting him die.

"We’re against what the hospital is doing," Schindler told the Canadian Press. "This is alarming when you have hospitals making these decisions."

Schindler said he wrote hospital officials on Samuel’s behalf and, "They did respond, but it basically said they were giving the gentleman the best care they could."

Golubchuck is an elderly Jewish man who is on life support and has a feeding tube.

His children are strongly opposed to removing him from a ventilator and feeding tube and have cited Jewish law which forbids such actions depriving people of their right to life.

The children also say that their father would oppose the stopping of lifesaving medical care if he could express his treatment wishes.

Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition previously told LifeNews.com, "We need to demand that Grace General Hospital not take this case further and agree to leave Samuel Golubchuk and his family alone, as they spend time with their father as he experiences the final part of his life."

Related web sites:
Samuel Golubchuck – https://www.samuelgolubchuk.com
Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation – https://www.terrisfight.org
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition – https://www.euthanasiaprevention.on.ca