A B.C. woman has been granted a temporary reprieve in an effort to stop a Vancouver hospital from taking her husband off life support.
The family of Onkarbir Singh Toor will be in B.C. Supreme Court on Wednesday, in an effort to prevent Providence Health Care, the health authority that operates St.Paul’s Hospital, from taking him off life support.
A court petition says the 34-year-old suffered cardiac arrest on Friday, but 24 hours later, doctors declared he was clinically brain dead.
The documents allege Toor was first given a dose of aripiprazole by error, which is a known central nervous system depressant.
The family argues Toor’s coma may have been deepened by the drug, and recovery could be possible once it’s metabolized.
His wife, Raspal Kaur Toor, says given his young age, good health prior to the cardiac arrest, and the “extremely short time under which he has been in the Respondent’s care,” it’s reasonable to give him a chance to recover.
A judge granted a temporary court order after the petition was filed on Monday, restraining hospital doctors and staff from discontinuing the health care being provided to Toor.
The order included that “life support mechanical circulatory assist, and mechanical ventilatory support” be maintained in this interim period, that fluids be administered to Toor as necessary, and that regular blood work continues to be done at least once a day.
Providence Health Care says it’s saddened by the tragic events facing the family.
“Our hearts go out to this family, we continue to offer our support and compassion to this family during this sad time,” says Spokesperson Justin Karasick.
He says the health authority can’t go into further detail due to patient confidentiality and court litigation.
The application for a further order will be heard at 10 a.m. in B.C. Supreme Court.