I am really sorry to say this, and at the risk of sounding like an insensitive lout, but am I the only one who feels a bit angry that this poor man has been kept alive in an invalid and slowly-dying state for 8 years? I know everyone has different views, but if I was in his position I'd have wanted the plug pulled years ago and let my wife move on with her life without the physical, emotional and financial burdens this has caused her. If he's been unable to move or communicate except for blinking and screaming, then who can really and truly say if that's how he's wanted to live since his encounter with Teskey? Who can say except Dougald himself?EDMONTON — Lesley Miller testified Thursday about the life her husband Dougald leads today, eight years and three months after he was brutally assaulted by Leo Teskey.
“The doctors tell me that Dougald is slowly dying, that his system is slowly breaking down,” Miller testified on the second day of Teskey’s second dangerous-offender hearing.
Later, outside court, she explained that doctors have told her that each illness makes him weaker, and they have suggested she may want to forego treatment and let nature take its course.
“I have to keep fighting to keep him alive,” she said. “If Dougald dies I don’t know what I’m going to do, I really don’t.”
On Feb. 8, 2008, Teskey was convicted of aggravated assault for a second time after he brutally assaulted Dougald Miller on Nov. 21, 2000. Miller suffered a serious brain injury that left him reliant on others for his care. He cannot speak, cannot move and can neither lie down nor sit up in his bed. He communicates by blinking his eyes and making noises.
I've lost people close to me. In the case of family, pull-the-plug decisions were made. Losing a loved one is a damned hard thing to do, but its an inevitability every living being has to face sooner or later. Moving on can be harder, but if you have the love and support of others, it is not an impossibility.