A Brampton couple have taken their fight to court to keep their daughter “alive” at Brampton Civic Hospital although a physician at the hospital has issued a death certificate declaring her brain dead.
Stanley Stewart and Alyson McKitty believe that the hospital acted too hastily in declaring that their daughter, Taquisha, 27, was dead.
And they went to court last Thursday and got an emergency injunction temporarily restraining the hospital from removing her respirator.
The injunction expires today when the couple will return to court in Brampton to continue their fight ” to keep their daughter alive.”
Stewart told the Caribbean Camera that Taquisha is responding to stimuli and is still alive and “if the hospital pulls the plug, they will be killing my child,”
He said that he and his wife are seeking ” independent medical advice.”
He also said that they are getting assistance from Bishop Wendell Brereton who is helping them find a legal team ” willing to join the fight.”
Bishop Brereton confirmed that he is helping the couple and that he is in touch with persons from a ” medical network” who will be able to assist.
Dr. Omar Hayani had signed a death certificate declaring Taquisha died on Sept. 20 – six days after she suffered a drug overdose
Bishop Brereton recalled the emergency injunction arrived half an hour before the respirator was to be disconnected.
He said that Taquisha’s situation has angered many in the community who believe that the respirator should not be removed without parental consent and that ” many people have been protesting outside the hospital. over this issue.”
Bishop Brereton notes the term ” brain dead ” may be misunderstood.
“Many argue that ‘brain dead’ does not mean dead,” he added.
Taquisha is the mother of a nine-year old girl.