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Euthanasia campaigner back in SA

2012-05-02 14:46

Johannesburg - The Western Cape university professor who helped his terminally ill mother die in New Zealand has returned to South Africa after serving a five-month detention, the SABC reported on Wednesday.

Sean Davison received a joyous and warm welcome back into the country after he landed at Cape Town International Airport on Wednesday, the broadcaster reported.

He wrote a book called "Before We Say Goodbye", published in 2009, in which he wrote that when he returned to New Zealand to look after his cancer-stricken mother, she asked him to help her die.

She had gone on a hunger strike to try to end her life. He crushed several morphine tablets and mixed the powder with water, which she drank.

Davison pleaded guilty in the Dunedin High Court last year to a lesser charge of inciting and procuring his mother to commit suicide. He was originally charged with attempted murder and was arrested in September 2010.

His wife and two children were among those awaiting his arrival at the airport, the SABC reported.

Davison headed the forensic DNA analysis laboratory at the University of the Western Cape, where he was expected to return.

Comments
  • Janice - 2012-05-02 14:55

    I wish him and his family all the best!

  • Nicola - 2012-05-02 15:03

    I know it is not right, but I can understand why he did it. If it was my sick dog nobody would have a problem with it. To watch someone you love in constant pain and not be able to do anything to help is devastating!

      anthony.weineck - 2012-05-02 15:27

      So... why is it not right?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-02 15:44

      It's said to be not right because the bible says thou shalt not kill... But to be merciful and selfless enough to help someone over the last hurdle should be legalised - governments just don't want to take that last step.

      Martin - 2012-05-02 15:46

      its merciful and respectful of the person requesting it..

  • Ngaka - 2012-05-02 15:15

    The effectual prayer of a righteous man availeth much...could have thought about that and taken your mom to the ministers of the Word,but then you didn't.Probably, it never even clicked in your mind..So given the proclivity of this disease to be inherited,do not resort to assisting one of your kids to die should they be diagnosed of it.

      Smile - 2012-05-02 15:19

      ANIMAL! How can you even mention his kids. You are a creul freak!

      Gerhardus - 2012-05-02 15:42

      Everyone has cancer cells, it is not inherited. You probably don't know much about death also, that is the only reason you would make a statement like that. I don't say killing yourself is right, but the women was in so much pain and so not in the right state of mind. The son even though not in physical pain most probably emotional could understand his mother's wishes. I think this guy had to be insanely brave to do something like this. And I believe in a merciful God, only he can make a judgement and this was an act of love.

      Piet - 2012-05-02 15:47

      Plain stupid or ignorant or both???????

      Ngaka - 2012-05-02 16:01

      @Gerhardus - just like the cells,the disease is also called cancer.Cancer- 'a serious disease in which GROWTHS of cells, also called cancers, form in the body and kill normal body cells.' What's there to teach about death?..I think everybody knows that death is absence of life in body.Have you got anything new?

  • Alan - 2012-05-02 15:28

    Serious comment - I kow somebody whose lifelong friend (aged early 30's) has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, and she has booked herself into a Euthenasia Clinic in Europe. It's easy to judge what is right and moral for other people, but it's much more of a grey area when it hits closer to home.

  • buti.lembe - 2012-05-02 15:33

    God taste people in different ways to see how strong they believe in him but this man, his believe is a (?)

      zaatheist - 2012-05-02 15:47

      A cannibal god. Or are you suggesting something more sexually sinister? The irony is: if Christian's are so sure that there is a better "afterlife," why are they so opposed to euthanasia? You'd think they'd want to help a loved one who is suffering a painful, debilitating, terminal illness enter that "glory" sooner rather than later. But no: they would rather force them to hang on as long as possible in abject misery. Go figure.

      Smile - 2012-05-02 16:40

      What he meant was: God tests people...

      zaatheist - 2012-05-02 19:55

      @Smile You mean the taste test?

  • Donny Doncaster - 2012-05-02 15:39

    I will do the same, no question.

  • Piet - 2012-05-02 15:45

    All I can say is WELCOME BACK .

  • Vincent - 2012-05-02 15:52

    Helping mom to die! Ja ne...ho ne hole hobe. Only God knows.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-05-02 15:56

    Personally I don’t see why terminally ill people shouldn’t have the choice! To suffer knowing that you'll never get better just seems more inhumane than "committing suicide"

      zaatheist - 2012-05-02 19:56

      Thumbs up from this atheist.

  • Irene - 2012-05-02 18:30

    We wouldn't dream of seeing our pets suffer needlessly, so why shouldn't terminally ill people be euthanised as well? I have absolutely no problem with this and sincerely hope that one day should I have a terminal illness, that I am given the opportunity to make that choice. Well done to Sean Davison.

  • karen.inward - 2012-05-02 18:31

    This man is such a hero to me. I absolutely believe in euthanasia.

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