Stories

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Dad of three appeals for assisted dying in NSW

Last winter, Scott Riddle, aged 36, returned home to Sydney after spending four years working in Silicon Valley, to live his dream of running a small farm in country NSW with his three young children and wife Amelia. A routine trip to register with a...

Terminally-ill couple had an assisted death together

Charlie and Francie Emerick from Portland, Oregon had been married for 66 years and were both terminally ill when they died together in their bed on 20 April 2017. They had both taken lethal doses of medication obtained under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law. They died...

Noel Conway granted permission to take his case to appeal

[caption id="attachment_7614" align="alignright" width="300"] Noel Conway and his wife, Carol McCusker, in 2016[/caption] Noel Conway, now aged 68, is a retired college lecturer who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (a form of motor neurone disease) in November 2014. His condition is incurable and terminal. Last October, Noel...

Annie was so brave and made a difference

Tragically, the beautiful and courageous Annie Gabrielides passed away on 16 January 2018, aged 55. Her final moments were at home (her paradise) surrounded by her loving family. Annie had Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and spent the last precious year of her life being the...

Dying Badly – New Zealand Stories

Dying Badly – New Zealand Stories, compiled by retired intensive care specialist Dr Jack Havill and writer David Barber, contains relatives’ stories of bad deaths suffered by their loved ones, as submitted to the New Zealand Parliament’s inquiry into the issue of assisted dying for...

The choice of an assisted death stopped Marieke committing suicide

Marieke Vervoot, a Belgian Paralympic athlete, won medals at the London and Rio Paralympics. She is now aged 38 and continues to suffer from an incurable spinal degenerative disease, which was diagnosed when she was 21. She has epileptic fits and is now paralysed, with unbearable pain....

Sue Jensen: My life, my choice

Sue Jensen is 60 years old and has oesophageal cancer, which has spread to her lungs. With Voluntary Assisted Dying bills now in the Parliaments of Victoria and NSW, Sue Jensen spoke to ABC Lateline's Emily Stewart: "I'm putting my voice out there because there's three...