Winnipeg woman who chose to die with medical assistance said struggle for home care help led to decision – CBC

‘It was not a genetic disease that took me out, it was a system,’ wrote Sathya Dhara Kovac, who had ALS

Oct 04, 2022

Sathya Dhara Kovac, 44, chose to die this week, even though she didn’t want to go just yet.

The Winnipeg woman’s death was facilitated by professionals through Manitoba’s medical assistance in dying program.

Kovac lived with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative disease that took her mother, grandmother and uncle. Her condition was worsening, but she felt she had more life to live — just not enough home care support to do so.

“Ultimately it was not a genetic disease that took me out, it was a system,” Kovac wrote in an obituary to loved ones.

“There is desperate need for change. That is the sickness that causes so much suffering. Vulnerable people need help to survive. I could have had more time if I had more help.”

On Monday morning, support worker and friend Shayla Brantnall rubbed Kovac’s head as she took her final breaths at home in her sunroom, surrounded by a small group of people and things that brought her comfort — a photo of her dog, candles, crystals.

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