Seven ‘cruel’ days in palliative care

Seven ‘cruel’ days in palliative care

John Paynter recalls the huge shock they felt when his wife of 40 years was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer four years ago. John has chronicled her last days before she died in Canberra Hospital in April and what he describes as the “stupid, illogical and cruel” manner of her passing. John says that his wife was a private person, but the heartbreak and pain that he and his family experienced in seeing her denied all nutrients, antibiotics and left to die over the course of one agonising week has motivated him to share his story to encourage Parliament to support a Private Member’s Bill to allow assisted dying in the ACT.

Click for John’s detailed account of his wife’s final days