An injunction preventing Winnipeg’s Grace General Hospital from removing life-sustaining care from Samuel Golubchuk has been upheld by Justice Perry Schulman of the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench. The 84-year-old cognitively disabled patient’s family has been battling hospital doctors who are determined to starve and dehydrate him to death regardless of the family’s wishes.

The Winnipeg Free Press reported that Justice Schulman ruled the patient and his family have a right to a civil trial and ordered the hospital to not remove life support. Schulman also said his order must be added to Golubchuk’s hospital chart to ensure that all medical staff follow the decision.

Alex Schadenberg, of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, is delighted with the decision, but cautions that more action is needed. In a statement, Schadenberg said, “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.”

Schadenberg also urged the public to challenge the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba and demand they drop their recent Statement on Witholding and Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Treatment. He warned, “This statement gives physicians the sole power to end life-sustaining treatment, even when a person may regain consciousness and the family/proxy/representative opposes the decision of the physician.”

He added if the Physicians and Surgeons statement is not dropped, “it will lead to cases, such as Terri Schiavo’s, where the person is not dying, but is intentionally withheld fluids and food in order to cause their death. This would amount to euthanasia by omission on demand.”

This article originally appeared Feb. 13 on and is reprinted with permission.