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Friday, December 03, 2004

Life not worth living

A woman suffering from a muscle-wasting condition has described her fear of
euthanasia in an article in The Times. Jane Campbell described being too
afraid to sleep for 48 hours when she was hospitalised with severe
pneumonia
because the doctors kept assuming that she would not want to be put on a
ventilator if she suffered respiratory failure. Commenting on the Assisted
Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill which is currently being debated in the
House of Lords, she writes: "While the Bill aims to address the needs of
patients in the last stage of their lives, I am concerned about the
underlying message that death is the preferable solution for people
severely
incapacitated or in pain." [The Times of London, 2 December]