Canada: Family of ‘magic mushroom’ patient file lawsuit claiming his cancer death was avoidable

Canada: Family of ‘magic mushroom’ patient file lawsuit claiming his cancer death was avoidable
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The survivors of an Airdrie man whose final days were made easier by sanctioned magic mushroom therapy have filed a lawsuit claiming his cancer-related death was avoidable. A statement of claim, filed on behalf of the family of Anthony (Tony) White, alleges AHS doctors failed to order testing which would have either prolonged or saved his life. White, 46, died on Jan. 20, 2021, of stage four cancer after the disease was initially diagnosed on July 25, 2018. The claim says the defendants, which include AHS and White’s treating physician, were contractually obligated to ensure he received proper treatment for his illness. “The defendants … owed a duty of care to Anthony to provide competent medical care in accordance with their fields of specialty and practice,” it states. “The wrongful death of Anthony was caused or contributed to by the breach of contract or breach of the respective duties and negligence of the defendants.” Among the alleged acts of negligence were failing to properly investigate and follow up on his cancer diagnosis and failing to refer him to specialized care. It says the actions of the defendants, or some of them, “caused Anthony to be deprived of the opportunity for early treatment which would have made (his) recovery certain, or alternatively more probable than not, and at the very least, averted his untimely death.” The claim seeks a total of more than $3.4 million for White’s widow, Rebecca Crewe, his daughter and his parents. White was Alberta’s first federally sanctioned patient to be prescribed psilocybin, or magic mushrooms, for his palliative care during the final weeks of his life. His widow told Postmedia a month after his death the treatment was “life-changing” for the little time he had with his family. “He was happy and literally able to live rather than take two…

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