Mother arrested for attempted euthanasia

At court, woman claims 17-year-old son's medicine makes him delusional.

A 53-year-old woman from one of the Arab communities in northern Israelis suspected of trying to euthanize her 17-year-old son, police saidWednesday.
The youth, who suffers from muscular dystrophy andis hospitalized at Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center, told nurses therethat his mother tried to strangle him. Police suspect that she actedout of pity for her son, but the woman has denied the allegationsagainst her.
The Haifa Magistrate’s Court extended her remand byone day on Wednesday afternoon, and ordered that she undergo apsychiatric evaluation. The mother told the judge that her son isdisabled and sick, and suffers from delusions caused by his medicine.
Theson was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when he was 11-years-old, andhis situation has deteriorated since. He is now connected to arespirator, and receives oxygen via a tube inserted into his throat.
The 17-year-old told a nurse that on Monday night his mother tried to stop the oxygen flow to his body several times.
One nurse told police that she noted a 50% decrease in the youth’s blood oxygen levels.