Man who failed in euthanasia bid dies

2012-08-22 14:59

London - Lawyers for a British man with locked-in syndrome who failed in a bid to overturn his country's euthanasia law say he has died at home.

Tony Nicklinson died on Wednesday his lawyers at Bindmans LLP said in a statement. They offered no details on the circumstances of his death.

Nicklinson suffered a stroke in 2005 that left him unable to speak or move below his neck. He required constant care and communicated mostly by blinking, although his mind had remained unaffected and his condition was not terminal.

In January, the 58-year-old asked the High Court to declare that any doctor who killed him with his consent would not be charged with murder.

Last week, the court turned down his appeal, a decision which Nicklinson said had left him "devastated and heartbroken".

  • ludlowdj - 2012-08-22 15:34

    Apparently "God" has overturned the British courts decision, and granted this poor man the peace his fellow man has denied him for so long.

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-08-22 15:56

      May he rest in peace and his family find comfort knowing that his suffering has been aleviated. I have a cousin whose husband has had locked-in syndrome for 12 years now and it is very difficult for her and the family. The poor man is sometimes in agony such as requiring to have gall stones removed, but the operation is fairly difficult. He just cries and I can see how it affects her.

  • moi.carla.1980 - 2012-08-22 15:45

    RIP Tony.

  • james.otter.10 - 2012-08-22 15:49

    Thank God, He is a higher court than the High Court. RIP.

      bunny.follocks - 2012-08-22 15:53

      Actually, it's mostly because of people's religious views regarding the "sanctity of life" that this poor man had to suffer for so long, before he eventually received the "peace of death". Don't, for one second, think that your god deserves any praise in this.

      grant.callaway.50 - 2012-08-22 16:45

      Somebunny is a knob...

  • phemelo.ramong.1 - 2012-08-22 15:54

    How did he ask the courts to not charge a doctor who would "assist" him to die, if he could neither speak, nor move below his neck down?

      eben.terblanche.1 - 2012-08-22 16:24

      He communicated by blinking.

  • andrew.arnesen - 2012-08-22 17:18

    Doctors play God all the time by extending life, by preventing and curing illness. Why then do they consider euthanasia as "playing God" and thus somehow different to their pledge to alleviate suffering? Smells a bit hypocritical to me...

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