Marie-Eve Laurendeau gave birth to Phebe Mantha at LaSalle Hospital in November 2007. After a difficult delivery Phebe was transferred to Montreal Children's Hospital in serious condition and put on life support.
According to the lawsuit Laurendeau and Phebe's father, Stephane Mantha, were told by doctors that their daughter had little chance for survival and advised them to take her off respiratory support and hydration, to which they agreed.
After withdrawing respiratory support, however, it was found that Phebe could breathe on her own, and the hospital's ethics committee reversed the parents' decision to withhold fluids and food from their baby.
The discouraging thing is that the parents, instead of being overjoyed at the fact that their own flesh and blood survived, were instead pissed off! Just because their child's health is not 'perfect' they believe she is better off dead. They have lost their respect for life and can't see their daughter as anything but a burden. The really mind-boggling part is that when given the decision to take the child home or place her it protective custody, they chose to take her home! And now they're complaining about how difficult it is to raise a daughter with significant health issues!!
However, thank God for that ethics committee which decided to take the steps to ensure the baby's survival. Truly God was with them when they made their decision
to protect an innocent life at all costs. Bravo