I want control over how, when and where I die - Woman with terminal motor neurone disease says in emotional plea to government

I want control over how, when and where I die - Woman with terminal motor neurone disease says in emotional plea to government



A former nurse, Alison Pickard, has revealed she would like to be able to take her life when she wants it due to the fact she suffers from a Motor Neurone disease.



Assisted dying also known as physician-assisted suicide, is suicide that is assisted by a physician or other healthcare provider - and is illegal in England and Wales with a jail term of up to 14 years.



According to Pickard, if advances in medical science can make people decide to prolong their death, people should not also be limited when it comes to deciding to take their lives especially when the person suffers with a degenerative disease like she does.



According to her "I cannot change the final destination, but to influence the journey would provide greater reassurance and peace of mind to me and my family."


She has now written an open letter to the government, asking the government to think about people like her and reverse the controversial law.






Read her letter to the government as published by Metro UK.




"Today marks 60 years since the introduction of the ban on assisted dying in England and Wales.


It still remains a crime punishable by up to 14 years in prison.


In the past six decades, medical advances have come on leaps and bounds, and as someone living with a terminal illness – motor neurone disease (MND) – I am enormously grateful for them. They have enabled people in my position to live longer and better lives, and it is even possible to live as a ‘human cyborg’ like the scientist Peter Scott-Morgan – also diagnosed with MND.


He has recently spoken publicly about how he has outlived his original prognosis and achieved what he feels is an excellent quality of life through cutting-edge technology and pioneering treatments. The key aim for him is to stave off death for as long as possible.Latest Post
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