Ontario, Canada doctors declared 27-year-old Taquisha McKitty “dead by neurological criteria” ten months ago, on Sept. 20, 2017, after she was found unconscious following a drug overdose.
McKitty’s parents launched a legal challenge arguing their daughter’s Christian faith defines death as the cessation of the heartbeat, and that doctors should have to take people’s beliefs into account before declaring them dead.
In June 2018, Ontario Superior Court Justice Lucille Shaw ruled against the family. But McKitty was to be kept on life support for 30 days in case the family decided to appeal. The family has now taken that appeal.
McKitty’s parents argued their daughter should stay on life support and listed nearly 50 ways in which they believe Justice Shaw’s decision was wrong.