Cuthbertson et al v. Hassan Rasouli (May 17, 2012)
Case # 34362
This case concerns issues surrounding the withdrawal of life-sustaining medical treatment. The respondent, Mr. Rasouli, has been in a coma since October 2010. The applicants, who are his physicians, seek to withdraw life-sustaining treatment and to administer palliative care. The respondent’s substitute decision-maker refuses to consent to withdrawing life-sustaining treatment. The applicants acknowledge that they require consent to administer palliative care. The applicants believe that they do not need consent to withdraw life-sustaining measures that are no longer medically indicated. This hearing concerns a request this morning from the family for the Court to withdraw the case from its docket. The request is based on the grounds that the respondent recently passed into a higher degree of consciousness.