VANCOUVER—A 25-year-old Newfoundland woman who made headlines this summer about her mistreatment in hospital is now featured in a new documentary.
Candice Lewis has spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and other serious medical conditions. Last November, she got very sick and was hospitalized. That's when a doctor told Lewis' mother, Sheila Elson, that assisted suicide was legal in Canada.
"I was shocked and said, 'Well, I'm not really interested,' and he told me I was being selfish," Elson told CBC.
Lewis, who had expressed no desire to die, had been in earshot. It was a traumatic experience.
Now, the pair is sharing their story in a documentary about the societal impacts of assisted suicide in Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, and the U.S.A. Fatal Flaws will be released in 2018.