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On the latest episode of the Rupa Subramanya Show, Rupa talks with a man who is determined to end his life through medical assistance in dying (MAID) but has been stopped from doing so by his mother and family. Kiano Vafaien suffers from type 1 diabetes, and has resulted in conditions that have made his life incredibly difficult. Kiano was going to proceed with assisted suicide and was very close to completing the life-ending procedure before his family stepped in and his story ended up on the national news.

The resulting backlash prompted the doctor who was going to perform the procedure to back out completely.

In this discussion, Kiano shares his story and tells Rupa that he still wants to end his life and has applied for an assisted suicide procedure in Switzerland.

While Canada seeks to expand assisted dying to the mentally ill and even mature minors, Rupa’s discussion with Kiano sheds light and provides additional context on the controversial practice.

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