Two Letters from the UK in support of dying with dignity
I AM the retired GP who helped Dave Richards travel to Zurich recently
for a doctor-assisted suicide (News, November 19). With his advanced
symptoms of Huntington's disease, he was determined to end his life this
way - he had been in communication with Dignitas since June.
breakfast, on the day he died, consisted of two soft-boiled eggs, fruit
salad, sweet semolina pudding, rolls, and English breakfast tea.
He would have preferred to have died in his home. And he could have
lived longer had he not been forced to travel to Zurich while still able
to make that journey.
Doctor-assisted suicide is possible—and widely
accepted, with adequate safeguards—in Belgium, the Netherlands, Oregon
and Switzerland. Are we so different from them?