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http://www.torontosun.com/2016/12/05/neurosurgeons-arrest-in-murder-leaves-patients-hanging

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TORONTO - The murder of Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji has rocked not just the medical profession.

Her husband, Dr. Mohammed Shamji, a skilled neurosurgeon, now stands accused of her murder - and patients who’d hoped for rare, life-altering surgery are scrambling to find care. 

Erika Crawford, 21, was supposed to get delicate surgery for a rare condition, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a genetic disorder that weakens connective tissues in many of the body’s systems. EDS sucks collagen from the body, leaving people susceptible to loose joints, stretchy skin, spinal problems and ever-increasing pain.

The Crawfords have spent $200,000 on care in the U.S. with Dr. Fraser Henderson in Maryland, one of the few neurosurgeons capable of performing the surgery.

Shamji had worked closely with Henderson to learn the techniques, and Erika and her family had hoped she’d be able to get care here - on OHIP.

They got a call from University Health Network (UHN) at 4 p.m. Friday cancelling the surgery, citing “a family emergency.”

Erika’s dad, Darren, got a call later that evening, linking the cancellation to the murder suspect.

 

Because he has such a specialized skill, it'll be hard to replace what he does. He still has to go to jail, but can he be given the choice to continue his practice even if he has had his freedom outside the Operating Room revoked? 

Or would this be considered slave labour? 

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It's a very interesting ethical issue, but I think if he has this rather elite skill, he should be allowed to apply it if he is willing. If convicted he must of course pay his debt to society, but someone who's well being may require his skill shouldn't have to suffer if he is able and willing to aid them. Plus it would probably be more interesting than sitting around playing cribbage with the other inmates.

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14 hours ago, Omni said:

It's a very interesting for wentsue, but I think if he ha s this rather elite skill, he should be allowed to apply it if he is willing. If convicted he must of course pay his debt to society, but someone who's well being may require his skill shouldn't have to suffer if he is able and willing to aid them. Plus it would probably be more interesting than sitting around playing cribbage with the other inmates.

Should this be considered in sentencing.....that he waived the ability to have some  time served in order to complete these scheduled surgeries?

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1 hour ago, Bob Macadoo said:

Should this be considered in sentencing.....that he waived the ability to have some  time served in order to complete these scheduled surgeries?

I don't think it should provide him any benefit at sentencing, "if you did the crime you must do the time" but down the road, his efforts should be considered as part of parole considerations.

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On 2016-12-10 at 10:04 AM, cybercoma said:

Some people are paid handsomely to be murderers, like cops in the United States who make it a sport to kill black people.

I don't think they are that well paid. 

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11 hours ago, hernanday said:

Innocent until proven guilty, but since doctors work with such a vulnerable segment of society, probably best he be put on paid leave until the issue is resolved.

What if you were the one with the tumor, waiting for him to operate?

Let him pay his debt anyway that benefits society.

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19 hours ago, bcsapper said:

Well, my point was against the paid leave option.

Why are you against paid leave, he is not seeing patients, he is on leave.  He is not guilty either, or not proven guilty, it is just all alegations at this point, so it would be wrong to strip him of his income for something the courts haven't found him guilty of.

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