Euthanasia campaigner returning to SA

2012-04-30 09:45

Cape Town - A Western Cape university professor who helped his terminally ill mother die in New Zealand would return to South Africa after serving a five-month detention, it was reported on Monday.

Sean Davison told The Star he would be back in Cape Town on Wednesday, and was looking forward to his return.

He went on trial in November last year after being arrested in September 2010 on an attempted murder charge.

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.

He pleaded guilty in the Dunedin High Court last year to a lesser charge of inciting and procuring his mother to commit suicide.

Davison headed the forensic DNA analysis laboratory at the University of the Western Cape.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-30 09:58

    I should like to think that my family would help me too, instead of waiting around for me to die a painful and difficult death.

      zaatheist - 2012-04-30 12:09

      Hear. Hear.

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      Lara - 2012-04-30 10:42

      A brave man, indeed.

  • Jackie - 2012-04-30 10:22

    I admire you and I think you are very brave! I wish you were part of my family! If anyone judges you I hope you ignore it & remember how you helped your mom. I wish it could be legalised. I never ever want to get as bad as your mom. I would rather take myself out that extend the suffering.

  • wdvilliers - 2012-04-30 10:34

    This must have been extremely difficult for him.

  • Mphotse Mpofu - 2012-04-30 10:36

    selo se molai se

      Tanie - 2012-04-30 10:43

      Mphukudu, belerutwane.

  • Juicecard - 2012-04-30 10:52

    I don`t have problems with euthanasia if only its done by professional people with the consent of the majority members of the family.

      Marion - 2012-04-30 11:35

      There is a document known as a Living Will that people can complete to tell your family and physician what you want done in the event you are not able to make a decision for yourself. Think all of us who don't want to suffer when our time comes should actually fill it out and give our families, doctors etc., a copy.

      zaatheist - 2012-04-30 12:15

      @Marion Yes, if I sign a living will and am no longer mentally able then please top me. No questions.

  • Marion - 2012-04-30 11:32

    Stay strong Prof. I have asked my family to do whatever is necessary to spare me pain and suffering when the time comes. If it means they have to fly me across the world to where euthanasia or assisted suicide are legal, then so be it. If we can show compassion for our ailing pets why can't we show compassion for a human being?

  • KATAFRICA - 2012-04-30 11:42

    It's barbaric to let someone suffer like that. A person should be able to choose to be Euthanased. Why let them suffer. I hope someone will give me the same gift if I am in that situation one day.

      Wellington - 2012-04-30 12:45

      no human must ever have the power over death or life span. your body is not the real you. you might kill the body but the spirit or the real you lives on in heaven or hell. allowing your self to be euthanased is a clever way of legalising suicide. Suicide is murder commited to self, Just like abortion is murdering innocent sweet little babies.

      Wellington - 2012-04-30 13:04

      @KATAFRICA Im sorry to hear about your mum. However,on the other hand my Grand father died at 121 years old still having a 20/20 vision. The week he died he knew it was time. They was no pain whatsoever. He fell to sleep and never woke up. Awesome isnt it? Absolute faith in the word of God drives every attacking sickness allowing the person to die a pain free death!

      zaatheist - 2012-04-30 14:01

      @Wellington And you twits want to know why we are so opposed to stupid superstitious god beliefs. Why we mock and point and laugh at you? It is with intent as you would wish to dictate stupid silliness on the rest of society. You are beneath contempt. In our secular society, euthanasia must be a personal decision between the terminally ill and their families, without idle threats of supernatural damnation. It is ethically criminal to toss guilt and shame into a tragic situation. The irony is: if Christian's are so sure that there is a better "afterlife," why are they so opposed to euthanasia and abortion? 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.

  • Phae - 2012-04-30 11:50

    A hero indeed! Hopefully the laws regarding euthanasia will be re-written, it is cruel,traumatic and unnecessary to make a person live in excruciating pain. Welcome home Prof, and happy your family have you back.

  • zaatheist - 2012-04-30 12:16

    WOW! I am surprised as times are obviously changing. Up to the point of posting this comment nearly everyone is in favour of voluntary euhenasia.

  • Wellington - 2012-04-30 12:34

    Jesus can heal any disesse. Instead of beleiving in death beleive in Jesus Christ the Son of God and you will be made whole. Jesus is Lord!

      Marion - 2012-04-30 12:46

      @Wellington - At 85 even if she was made whole she probably wouldn't have lived much longer, now would she? He did the right thing in my opinion. An act of love and mercy.

      Marion - 2012-04-30 12:51

      Oh yes, at the same age my mother, who had been incredibly active and healthy her entire life, became a 'baby' again and was in constant pain. Eventually this intelligent woman became irrational and delusional. The woman we knew and loved no longer existed. Wish that we had had the courage to help her out of her terrible suffering during the last six months of her life. Unlike the prof, we didn't and that haunts me.

      zaatheist - 2012-04-30 14:02

      @Wellington Jesus can make you whole? Yeah, right! Just so long as you are not an amputee. Jesus can never heal amputees and make them hole. Am I missing something here?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-04-30 14:34

      @ zaatheist. I do not mind if you are an Atheist or a Christian making a statement stating your believes, but attacking any and everyone at any moment that is available and keeping an argument on for as long as the articles is on is ridiculous. For weeks(if not months) now I see you concentrate on these type of articles and lesser on the general/topics of the day. Is their anything that you want to say to us that made you feel/push you to overstate your stand? Can we help you?( mend in all sincere) You can answer me I would like me to help, but please reply with something new/fresh and also no more copy and paste. I am not sure if I will always be available, but I am confident the other "Christian and Atheist commentators will also help. From a sincere fellow commentator.

      zaatheist - 2012-04-30 16:03

      DuToitCoetzee YAAAAAAAAAAAAWN! How often do I have to repeat myself before it sinks in. I'm not an atheist because its cool. I'm not an atheist because of religious extermism or oppression in some depraved corners of the world. I'm not an atheist because because I don't think evil can exist in a world without a god. I'm not an atheist because because I think science can disprove god. I'm an atheist because of a simple fact: There is no proof for the existence of any gods and the burden of proof lies on religion to provide it. If you propose the existence of something you must follow the scientific method in your defense of is existence.

      zaatheist - 2012-04-30 16:06

      DuToitCoetzee As I said, I think I have responded to this question as to why we object a zillion times before. Anyway, for the record. Because Christians cannot mind their own business and constantly try to impose their ludicrous faith and practices on the rest of society. If you do not want to use a condom then don't. If you do not believe in abortion then don't have one. If you don;t believe in the right to die with dignity then don't. If you believe all the scientists in the world are wrong and your smartly dressed bellowing mammon loving pastor is right then fine. If religion comes into the public square, it is as vulnerable as any other human institution to be pelted with produce. Ignorance does not become wisdom just because you bedizen it with some Gospels.

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