Socialized medicine. Remember, this is Canada to it's core.. Ontario judge refuses family's plea to keep brain dead woman on life-support | CBC News An Ontario court has rejected a Toronto-area family's plea to keep their 27-year-old daughter, who has been declared brain dead, on life-support. Taquisha McKitty's parents were seeking an order to keep her on a mechanical ventilator, arguing she continues to show signs of life and that her Christian fundamentalist beliefs say she's alive as long as her heart's still beating. However, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled Tuesday, in a complex and potentially precedent-setting decision, that McKitty can be considered dead and can be removed from life-support. Stanley Stewart, her father, told reporters his family is disappointed with the decision. He says it ignores McKitty's "ongoing biological functions," like a strong heartbeat, the ability to heal from injuries and shed tears. "If you touch her, she still moves," Stewart told reporters at the Glorious Church Breakthrough Temple in Brampton, Ont. "As far as our family's concerned, she's never stopped being alive."