B.C. man with ALS chooses assisted suicide after years of struggling to fund 24-hour care


Sean Tagert may not have chosen assisted suicide if he’d been able to obtain the 24-hour home care he needed in order to be home with his son, which is where he desperately longed to be.  This tragic story is another example of how assisted suicide puts vulnerable patients at risk of a death too soon.

“A Powell River, B.C., man with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) opted for a medically assisted death last Tuesday after years of struggling to fund 24-hour care that kept him close to his son.

Sean Tagert, 41, leaves behind an 11-year-old son.  Tagert had been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in March 2013.

‘For years he endured the steady deterioration of his abilities, until suffering cardiac arrest in late October 2017,’ read a post on his Facebook profile written after his death.

The disease had cost Tagert his ability to breathe on his own, speak, walk and feed himself.

Speaking to CBC last year, Tagert shared his frustration trying to get 24-hour care at home…

‘Ensuring consistent care was a constant struggle and source of stress for Sean as a patient,’ read the Facebook post in his honor.

‘The few institutional options on hand, Sean pointed out, would have offered vastly inferior care while separating him from his family, and likely would have hastened his death,’ the post read.”

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