Lift Restriction from Allowing Delilah Saunders to Obtain Liver Transplant
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Under s. 25 of the Canadian Human Rights Act disability means any previous or existing mental or physical disability and includes disfigurement and previous or existing dependence on alcohol or a drug.
Delilah Saunders a 26-year-old Inuit woman who has experienced the traumatic and sudden passing of her very close sister, Loretta Saunders in 2014, continues to advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls throughout the country. She has also been a fierce advocate for the protecting the land and waterways of her ancestral homelands in Labrador against the construction of the Muskrat Falls Project. Just three years after her sister’s tragic death, in 2017 she received the Amnesty International Ambassador’s Conscious Award for her committed advocacy work.
In December 2017, she was diagnosed with acute liver disease, and a provision within the Trillium Gift of Life Network policy prohibits her from receiving a liver transplant because of her previous experience with alcohol and Tylenol. Given the traumatic experiences which ensued throughout Loretta’s homicide investigation, the court processes, Delilah experienced several difficulties, as any sister would. At the young age of 24 she was handed these very difficult life realities which deeply affected her well-being.
We call upon the Trillium Gift of Life Network Headquarters to uplift the restrictions to Delilah from receiving a liver transplant under their policy because under s. 25 of the Canadian Human Rights Act it is discriminatory, and it that it is imminently uplifted because this is a choice which will influence her ability to live and receive a liver transplant as soon as possible.
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