Statement from Dr. Tchajkova

Dignity Denied

Good morning.

Thank you for inviting me as a guest speaker.

When I started my project five years ago as a resident doctor in training, I didn’t envision how pertinent it would become to the present MAID discussion. I was inspired by a friend I met in medical school who had a spinal cord injury. When I asked him about his life, he invited me to go out in a wheelchair with him in Vancouver. It was eye-opening to experience this and talk to him, and I realized we aren’t really taught the real patient perspective in medical training.

This further inspired me to individually interview 23 people from different walks of life who had had a spinal cord injury.

I discovered that most of the people I interviewed told me no one had ever really asked them in this amount of detail the dramatic changes they underwent psychologically, and…

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