Here is a follow-up to a story we brought you about a Medicine Hat senior who was applying for Medical Assistance in Dying. Les Landry says when he turned 65, his Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) support benefits were cut off and now he says he cannot afford to live. Landry explains where he is at in his MAID application.
“I filed it I believe, sometime near the end of November. And the doctor came to see me about a week later, it wasn’t long, and we talked. I’ve been openly honest about everything how it’s not just the pain of the disability, but a lot of its poverty. He approved it. Now, the thing is, you need two doctors to approve it, to sign off on it. The second doctor is undecided, so I don’t know if it’s going to be approved by both doctors,” said Les Landry.
Landry says he hopes his story will continue to bring awareness of seniors who are fighting poverty and that he is certain he will move ahead with MAID if he is approved.