An elderly woman chose to end her life through doctor-assisted suicide, rather than endure another looming lockdown at her long-term care facility last month in Canada.
The prospect of such a lockdown led Nancy Russell, 90, to end her life via controversial medically-assisted suicide.
CTV News reported that during Toronto’s first lockdown of nursing homes, Russell declined physically when she was isolated from loved ones and her normal routine was disrupted.
“She just truly did not believe that she wanted to try another one of those two-week confinements into her room,” Russell’s daughter said.
“It was contact with people that was like food to her, it was like, oxygen,” the daughter added.
Some of her meals were eaten in a dining room with plastic barriers while visits with loved ones were held outdoors and supervised in a garden.