Friday, January 13, 2012

Severe Medical Disability Clouds End Of Life Decisions

Here’s a more-balanced-than-usual story about death and dying for someone with a severe medical disability.
Chris Woodhead: 'I don’t want to be told how I can die’
For most of the last five years, Chris Woodhead has been thinking of ways to kill himself. There is not a quietus that he hasn’t explored, from sending his wheelchair spinning over a cliff in Cornwall to slitting his wrists, attaching a hose pipe to the exhaust of his car or drinking a glass of poison. As motor neurone disease invades him, wasting and cramping his muscles, stripping him of mobility and independence, he is making plans to avoid the squalor of total physical collapse. more

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