Taquisha McKitty has been on life support for about a month now.
Back in September, McKitty was pronounced dead at Brampton Civic. Her family retained one emergency court injunction to keep her on life support. She was reportedly moving this week. And now, her family officially has been granted another injunction.
McKitty’s family was technically granted an adjournment until November 6, so essentially an injunction, which means she will remain on life support for yet another two weeks, according to a recent article from CityNews.
On September 20, six days after she was admitted, doctors at Brampton Civic signed McKitty’s death certficate. Her death was determined by two experienced physicians, according to the hospital. Her family has been fighting to keep her alive since September.
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A representative of Bishop Wendell Brereton of the Glorious Church Breakthrough Temple reached out to inBrampton.com last month to discuss the ongoing case involving the 27-year-old Brampton mother. Brereton said the Brampton hospital admitted McKitty for a drug overdose and “hastily” pronounced her dead “even though she has a pulse and her heart is beating on its own.”
Subsequently, McKitty’s father, Stanley Stewart, got an emergency court injunction to prevent the hospital from taking her off life support.
“However even with documentation by nurses and doctors of response to stimuli the doctor served the parents her death certificate,” Brereton said in a statement. “Imagine your child holding on to dear life and the doctors serve you a death certificate even with a Superior Court judge’s order in hand.”
According to CityNews, after nearly a month, McKitty is indeed moving “from her head to her toes.”
The family had brought a doctor as a second opinion to court proceedings to help plead their case to keep McKitty on life support, according to CityNews, one who has worked with people who were revived from a brain dead state – Dr. Paul Byrne. Byrne was however, ruled not allowed to serve as a witness in the case as of this adjournment.
While McKitty does continue to move many parts of her body, “Her family believes these are signs of consciousness; physicians from Brampton Civic Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital say they are spinal cord reflexes,” says CityNews.
McKitty’s family is hoping the hospital will rescind the death certificate, something that’s fairly unprecedented in Canada.
The family’s gofundme page claims that legal expenses are costing them $80,000.
After this injunction, McKitty will have been on life support for just over six weeks.