Man dies after stopping hemodialysis to send message to Yukon government
2020-01-03 from cbc.ca
A Whitehorse man who stopped life-saving hemodialysis in Vancouver to send a message to the government of Yukon — where the treatment wasn't available for him — died Friday, his sister said.
"Terry has always been my hero and my inspiration, and he will continue to be," Kelly Coventry said.
She said her brother Terry Coventry died in his sleep at 4:15 a.m., at Whitehorse General Hospital, four weeks after his last round of hemodialysis. He was 74.
In 2019, he spent several months receiving treatment in Vancouver, which included hemodialysis. The treatment filters wastes and water from a patient's blood.
Terry Coventry said he was eventually told he would have to go to a long-term care facility in B.C., which would cost most of his income, leaving him with about $300 a month.
Not wanting to be away from family and friends, he went home to Whitehorse, knowing the move would be a death sentence.
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