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Page 1 Ill kids have right to pick care: MDs The Globe and Mail (Canada) November 5, 2008 Wednesday FOCUS - 1 of 11 DOCUMENTS The Globe and Mail (Canada) November 5, 2008 Wednesday Ill kids have right to pick care: MDs BYLINE: TRALEE PEARCE SECTION: GLOBE LIFE; MEDICAL CONSENT: DO NOT RESUSCITATE; Pg. L1 The do-not-resuscitate order is a cornerstone of end-of-life medical care, signalling to doctors not to treat a near-death patient after a severe crisis. Your ill grandfather might have had one. But does your 13-year-old ill son have the right to one? A group representing Canadian pediatricians thinks he may indeed have the right, along with the right to direct his own medical care or choose palliative care instead of an ongoing treatment, such as chemotherapy. In a new position paper published today in the journal Paediatrics and Child Health, the Canadian Paediatric Society has stepped into ethically thorny territory by suggesting that some chronically or ter- minally ill children deserve the same rights as adults to choose the nature of their deaths. "There's always a tension between protecting children as much as possible and also recognizing they also have views and values about themselves," says Ellen Tsai, the lead author of the paper and a pedi-
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