Locked-in man 'faces years of misery'

Feb 3, 2012
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#1
I watched a documentary about this case on TV last night. It was very moving but part of it made me extremely annoyed.
A disabled man visited Tony at home and made the argument against any form of assisted suicide. He arrived in his own car which he is able to drive and spoke freely about disabled people having a high quality of life.
It was obvious that he did, yet I thought it arrogant and insulting of him to say what he did when Tony cannot speak for himself and cannot do anything for himself at all.
He 'speaks' by typing one letter at a time on a special computer that makes his sentences audible. To type, he looks at a letter on a keyboard and then blinks.

Please listen to the interview in this link if you are able to access it then tell me what you think about his request.



A paralysed man who wants a doctor to be able to lawfully kill him could live for another 20 years or more of "increasing misery", a court has heard.
Tony Nicklinson, 58, from Wiltshire, has locked-in syndrome following a stroke seven years ago.
His barrister also told the High Court he is not seeking a new law to allow euthanasia, but just wanted a "remedy".
But the government is to argue that such a ruling would authorise murder.
This legal bid differs from recent right-to-die cases which have focused on assisted suicide.




continues..... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18495973
 
Jun 5, 2012
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#2
Assisted suicide should be a viable option that a patient has to choose after all other options have been exhausted. Many people tout that living is something that should be held dear and never wasted. Well in this case what can he do besides spend the next 20 or so years writing a single book or do anything else that would require typing slowly with his eyes.

I know somepeople might bring up Stephen Hawkin as an example, with that I reply that it is the persons choice and should be repected as such.
 
Feb 3, 2012
536
6
England
#3
Assisted suicide should be a viable option that a patient has to choose after all other options have been exhausted. Many people tout that living is something that should be held dear and never wasted. Well in this case what can he do besides spend the next 20 or so years writing a single book or do anything else that would require typing slowly with his eyes.

I know somepeople might bring up Stephen Hawkin as an example, with that I reply that it is the persons choice and should be repected as such.
I agree.
In this case it wouldnt be assisted suicide because Tony is not able to do anything for himself so he could not lift a cup to drink from or place a pill into his own mouth. Someone would have to do it for him and in that action lies the whole question of making a murder legal.
People are individuals and each case should be decided on an individual basis.
 

myp

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Jan 14, 2009
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#4
The issue with things like suicide is that if depression is a clinically diagnosable thing (which currently we believe it is and we do diagnose it), then what says that a person who wants to commit suicide is simply not displaying symptoms of a pathology such as depression? It is a complex and difficult question.
 
May 23, 2012
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I dunno. I mean we put animals to sleep that are "suffering" but humans we can't? What is the point of being alive if you can't communicate, bath, eat, clothe yourself, etc? I think it should be a personal choice for certain circumstances.
 

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