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Exclusive Interview with Andi Reiss, Film Director, and personal friend of Omid

MDMD's Campaigns and Communications Manager, Keiron McCabe, spoke exclusively with “Endgame” director Andi Reiss about Omid’s journey. Andi was present at Omid's medically assisted suicide in Switzerland. Photo: Omid and Andi, shortly before Omid's death at Lifecircle Switzerland. Photo credit: Andi Reiss How did you first become interested in the issues around Assisted Dying? My [...]

2018-10-05T20:27:26+00:00October 5th, 2018|Disability, Jersey, Legal Action, Personal Stories|

Omid Ends his life at Lifecircle in Switzerland

Omid T: A Legacy of Bravery, Compassion and Empowerment Photo: Omid and Dr Erika Preisig at Lifecircle, shortly before his medically assisted death. Photo Credit - Andi Reiss I'm glad you're here; thank you, thank you for everyone's support - Omid (1964 - 2018) On October 4th 2018, assisted dying campaigner, Omid T chose to [...]

2018-10-06T17:08:34+00:00October 5th, 2018|Disability, Legal Action, Personal Stories, Switzerland|

Economist Essay Series on Assisted Dying

The Economist is publishing a series of essays by those involved in the Assisted Dying debate. We are delighted that one of the invited authors is Dr. Michael Irwin, MDMD's founder and now a patron. Michael's piece describes the five occasions where he has been present at an assisted suicide in Switzerland. All the essays [...]

2018-08-23T15:48:30+00:00August 23rd, 2018|Canada, Disability|

Scottish Parliament removes time limit in definition of “terminally ill”

MDMD are delighted to learn that the Scottish parliament has removed any time limit from its definition of "terminally ill" in their Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018.  The story was reported by the BBC and the Guardian. The Guardian article states "There were a number of significant last-minute amendments to the legislation, including the removal [...]

2018-07-15T14:11:50+00:00July 15th, 2018|Dementia, Disability, Medical Views, Scotland|

MS Sufferer Colin Campbell’s deferred assisted death raises important questions about help for the disabled

In April 2017 MS sufferer Colin Campbell publicly stated his intention to end his life in Switzerland on June 15th 2017. Due to the intervention of fellow MS sufferer Rona Tynan, and the alternatives and assistance she helped him consider, Colin has deferred his appointment in Switzerland. In October 2017 a BBC story and podcast [...]

2018-05-08T11:41:13+00:00October 23rd, 2017|Disability, MS, Scotland, Switzerland|

Ironically, the option of euthanasia can prolong life, and its quality.

A new BBC report has been published on Belgian paralympian Marieke Vervoort who has obtained papers authorising her euthanasia. She has suffered from a progressive, incurable spinal condition, for 16 years. The report describes her severe pain which is not fully controllable by medication. A video clip shows her suffering. The story follows an earlier [...]

2016-12-20T15:14:49+00:00December 15th, 2016|Belgium, Disability, Personal Stories|