A Daily news digest by Jasper van Santen

The right to die- Telegraph

In News on March 14, 2012 at 21:22

 

Do any of us, however ill, have the right to die? 

What kind of person puts cancer at the top of their wish list? Maybe a parent who has watched their child suffering and has begged God to give the disease to them. Other than that you would have to be seriously warped, mad even, to choose a brutal, life-threatening illness. Yet Tony Nicklinson says he wants to get cancer. Cancer is Tony’s best hope, unless he can persuade the High Court to let someone kill him and call it mercy not murder.

Mr Nicklinson, a 53-year-old father of two from Wiltshire has “locked-in syndrome”. Paralysed from the neck down after suffering a stroke in Athens six years ago, the former civil engineer is as helpless as a baby, though unlike a baby he is fully aware of every agonising limitation and indignity. “I cannot scratch if I itch, I cannot pick my nose if it is blocked and I can only eat if I’m fed… I have no privacy or dignity left.”

He communicates by blinking at a Perspex board with letters and the words are interpreted by his wife, a former nurse. Anyone who heard Jane Nicklinson, her own life in a state of paralysis, saying that the only way to end her husband’s suffering was to kill him will have been moved by the couple’s predicament.

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