caption Four-year-old Abduleziz Tohti and his father, Abdurahman Tohti. source Abdurahman Tohti via Uyghur Bulletin/Twitter China is waging an unprecedented crackdown on the Uighurs, a majority-Muslim ethnic group in the western region of Xinjiang, China. Authorities are suspected of detaining up to 2 million people in the region and sending their children to state-run orphanages. Abdurahman Tohti, a 30-year-old Uighur man living in Turkey, hasn’t heard from his wife and kids since they disappeared after a visit to Xinjiang in 2016. Last month he saw a video of his 4-year-old son, Abduleziz, in what appeared to be a video filmed inside a state-run Chinese orphanage. He has taken the unusual step of discussing his missing family with INSIDER because he’s “ready for any consequences … I lost everything.” China justifies the orphanages as a way to lift children from poverty and stop them from … [Read more...] about This man’s family vanished in China’s most oppressed region. Last month he saw his son for the first time in 2 years, in a Chinese propaganda video.
By Nicholas Keung Staff Reporter Mon., Dec. 31, 2018 A Brampton woman who was at the centre of a legal challenge over the definition of death has died in hospital after having been on life support since September 2017. Taquisha McKitty passed away “peacefully and naturally without the need to pull the plug” at 3 a.m. Monday at Brampton Civic Hospital, said lawyer Hugh Scher, who represents her family in the court battle to keep her on a mechanical ventilator after doctors declared her “dead by neurological criteria” or brain dead and recommended taking her off support. Despite the woman’s untimely death, her family says the case is not moot and hopes the Ontario Court of Appeal will still rule on the appeal it heard earlier in December — and overturn a lower court decision in favour of the medical determination of death. The family has argued her Christianity belief recognizes death as when the heart stops beating. “There is a … [Read more...] about Taquisha McKitty, Brampton woman at centre of brain death court fight, has died, family says
By Michelle McQuigge The Canadian Press Mon., Dec. 31, 2018 A family that went to court to keep their daughter on life support after she was declared brain dead says the Toronto-area woman’s heart stopped beating on Monday, rendering her dead in their view. Taquisha McKitty was 27 when doctors declared her “dead by neurological criteria’’ in September 2017 following a drug overdose that left her unconscious on a Brampton, Ont., sidewalk. McKitty’s family turned to the courts to prevent doctors from taking her off life support, saying the fact that her heart was still beating meant she was still alive according to the terms of her religious faith. An Ontario court ruled against her family over the summer, a decision her relatives were in the process of appealing. A lawyer representing her family issued a statement on Monday afternoon saying McKitty’s heart had stopped beating earlier in the day. Article Continued Below In the … [Read more...] about Taquisha McKitty, Brampton woman at centre of brain death court fight dies, family says
When Bill Harrison, a healthy 65-year-old Mississauga man, was found dead in his family home eight years ago, a pathologist listed the cause of death as “acute cardiac arrhythmia.”Years later, after two more suspicious deaths in the same family, Ontario’s chief forensic pathologist reviewed his colleague’s 2009 autopsy and gave a markedly different opinion. While there is not enough information to come to a conclusion about how Harrison met his end, the findings suggest he took “heavy blows” to his head and the front of his chest around the time of his death, Dr. Michael Pollanen testified Friday in a triple murder trial in Brampton. The best explanation, according to Pollanen: “They were caused by another party through an assault or an inflicted injury.” … [Read more...] about Chief pathologist questions autopsy in family triple killing
A man in Spain was declared dead by three doctors and sent to the morgue for an autopsy. But he wasn’t actually dead. He may suffer from an unusual medical condition that makes a person’s vital signs drop to undetectable levels. Taphophobia – or the fear of being buried alive – is one of the most common phobias. For good reason, too, as the idea of waking up inside a coffin is a fairly horrifying one. Doctors are usually pretty certain when they declare someone dead. But according to reports from the Spanish newspaper La Voz de Asturias, one man was recently sent to the morgue, only to be heard snoring a few hours later. The article says Gonzalo Montoya Jiménez, an inmate at a jail in the Asturias region of Spain, was dead by three separate doctors. He apparently regained consciousness mere hours before an autopsy was due to be performed on him, as his family say he had the markings drawn on … [Read more...] about There’s a condition that makes people think you’re dead when you’re not — and it could explain why three doctors sent a living man to the morgue