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?Little by little, his consciousness is getting more and more. His looking, to everybody, to movies, to pictures, changed. He understands everything but cannot respond,? said Salasel, speaking to the media Friday at Rasouli?s lawyer?s office. Salasel and Rasouli have two children, Mojgan and son Mehran.
Hassan Rasouli's wife, Parichehr Salasel, and daughter Mojgan listen to their lawyer, Gary Hodder, explain their journey. Rasouli has been in a coma at Sunnybrook hospital for 3 years after contracting meningitis following surgery. Friday's ruling prevents doctors from being allowed to disconnect him from life support against the wishes of his family.
When the case first went to trial he was comatose, said Salasel, but even then his family had faith that his condition would improve.
?We were surprised and shocked, what doctors were seeking to get,? Mojgan said in an interview with the Star. ?For us, it was obvious ? that it was too early, premature diagnosis for him. He needed time. And he got the time. Everything changed. Even the doctors changed their diagnosis.?
Salasel said the passage of time brought new responses from Hassan.
?When I show him movies that he likes ? he smiled,? she says. ?Many signs I discovered in him that he is very aware. I asked him, ?Open your mouth. Stick out your tongue.? And he did, a lot of time.?
His recovery was enough that, on Jan. 23, 2012, his condition was upgraded to ?minimally conscious.?
?Today he? there, his life is within his body, in every single (one) of his veins,? said Mojgan. ?As I said three years ago, he?s not able to communicate as usual, but he will communicate with us through his eyes, through grabbing our hands. I always feel his warmness of his hands.?
Supreme Court of Canada rightly rules to protect Hassan Rasouli: Editorial | Toronto Star
I firmly believe that it should be between the family and the doctors, with no government intervention.
I also think this is another blaring example of why every person should have a living will. My family will never have to guess what I would want, I have had a living will in place for a very long time
As is pointed out, this already kind of exists. If you don't have dollar caps (which are going away due to ACA) then I highly doubt your private insurance will pay for non medically necessary ongoing care. If you are not progressing they will stop covering your stay and you would need to be discharged.