One family’s experience with medical assistance in dying

The end came with a smile.

The 78-year-old patient, diagnosed two years earlier with advanced lung cancer and told two months prior that it had metastasized to his brain, was in palliative care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, surrounded by his loving family, when medical assistance in dying (MAID) was administered.

He was asked by his physician to tell a joke. Midway toward the punchline, he passed away.

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