That of Víctor Escobar, 59, thus becomes the second case of euthanasia in Colombia for patients who do not have terminal illnesses, but are painful or disabling, as happened to Martha Sepúlveda.
It is worth mentioning that Sepúlveda’s euthanasia, which was scheduled for Sunday, October 10, was paused indefinitely because the EPS considered that the woman’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), had not worsened, probably because the woman left smiling in an interview with Noticias Caracol. Superhealth requires EPS to explain its decision.
Escobar’s case is related to the fact that the man suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which, although not terminal, is incurable; the disease was diagnosed 2 years ago.
(See also: “The Court protected his right”: Alvira puts IPS on the ropes that canceled euthanasia)
Taking into account the reduction in the patient’s quality of life, the 17th court in Cali ordered Coomeva to euthanize Escobar, Blu Radio points out. The order was issued this Monday, October 11.
The order implies, according to the radio frequency, that euthanasia must be applied in the shortest possible time, but the exact date has not yet been established.
Escobar had been denied the right to die with dignity for having a life expectancy of more than 6 months, said his lawyer, Luis Carlos Giraldo, but with the new regulations it was possible to obtain permission to stop his suffering.
This Blu Radio trill points out that the EPS has 15 days after the judge’s order to make the euthanasia process effective:
The EPS Coomeva has 15 days to form a scientific committee that will accompany the 59-year-old Victor Escobar from Cali in his Euthanasia process, as he has been struggling with a chronic lung disease for years and also for his EPS to authorize the procedure #VocesySonidos pic.twitter.com/m4nl0zXzUh
– BLU Pacific (@BLUPacifico) October 11, 2021