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Should a right-to-die extend to those with psychiatric conditions?

The BBC report the suicide and background of Canadian Adam Maier-Clayton who took his life in April 2017, aged 27, following a history of psychiatric illness including a condition that left him in extreme pain. The video which forms part of the report shows Adam and his parents clearly explaining their point of view, together [...]

2017-07-25T09:15:59+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Canada, DIY Suicide, Personal Stories, Psychiatric Issues|

A Good (Assisted) Death in Canada

Canada legalised a limited form of assisted dying in 2016. A long article in the New York Times gives a detailed and inspiring account of John Shields who died by lethal injection in British Columbia. He suffered from an incurable condition, amyloidosis, which gave him increasing pain that he no longer wished to endure. The [...]

2017-06-03T12:17:56+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|Canada, Medical Views, Personal Stories|

Senior judge ends his life after being diagnosed with dementia

Several news sources report the suicide of Sir Nicholas Wall, the former President of the Family Division, Britain’s most senior family law judge. The Daily Mail has some particularly interesting quotes. Daily Mail The Guardian Daily Telegraph BBC MDMD are not aware of the full circumstances of Sir Nicholas Wall’s death, but the case highlights [...]

2017-06-24T13:34:05+00:00 February 25th, 2017|Dementia, Personal Stories|

Dementia sufferers ending their lives in Switzerland

Today the Mail on Sunday published an article about the father of an MDMD supporter who ended his life at Dignitas. Penny's father Ron Hall suffered from early stage dementia. The psychiatric assessment to ensure he still had mental capacity to make the life ending decision was done by MDMD's associate coordinator, Colin Brewer. Interestingly, [...]

Over 100 Minimally conscious patients

A BBC investigation attempted to find out how many minimally conscious patients were being kept alive in the UK. All the UK health authorities were asked,  but only about one quarter were able to provide data. Those that did revealed 105 cases. Given the poor response, it seems reasonable to estimate that the total number [...]

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+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Belgium, Disability, Personal Stories|