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The personal stories behind the Tasmanian bill

[caption id="attachment_8691" align="alignleft" width="200"] Gideon Cordover, son of Robert, at the 2017 Tasmanian rally in support of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill.[/caption] Behind the proposed Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill in Tasmania are real people, with real stories. We hear from Nica Cordover, whose husband Robert had...

Kylie Monaghan’s legacy

She was diagnosed with breast cancer on April 1, 2010. It was in the final year of her illness that Kylie really struggled – not that she ever complained. On the morning of her death, Kylie was so exhausted that she couldn’t even open her...

Video of Canadian explaining her decision to die

This video (10.47 mins) filmed by the Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care (GIPPEC) is of an 82-year-old cancer patient (who preferred her name not be used) discussing with Dr. Gary Rodin, Head of Supportive Care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto,...

Lawrie Daniel waited for death, alone

In the quiet hours while Lawrie Daniel waited for death, he wrote heartbreaking letters to his wife Rebecca and to the NSW Coroner describing his unrelenting pain from multiple sclerosis, calling for voluntary ¬euthanasia to be legalised to ensure people would not have to die...

It is not just about ending pain

Pain ranks near the bottom of a list of patients’ concerns in the first two states to legalize physician-assisted dying, Oregon and Washington, which provide the most complete details about people’s motivations....

Jay Franklin: likely to be excluded from VAD

Jay Franklin is a 40 year old Melbourne man born with a congenital condition known as Hirschsprung disease. He says there is no prospect of his condition getting better, and that he wants medical assistance to die at home with his mother Bertha there to...

12-year-old tells Prime Minister her yiayia has the right to die

As part of a project at Clifton Hill Primary School (Victoria), grade six student Aristea has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, demanding he change the law regarding voluntary euthanasia. In a strongly worded three-page letter, Aristea pleads the case for people like her grandmother,...

Kylie Monaghan face of S.A VAD Bill

SA politicians will soon vote on the Voluntary Euthanasia Bill and a campaign to pass this bill, backed by television and radio personality Andrew Denton, will launch in Adelaide this week. The campaign is aimed at urging politicians to look beyond the impersonal nature of...

The death that divided Davison’s family

"I will be informing the police that you murdered our mother." Sean Davison received the single-line email on May 28, 2008, 19 months after the funeral. He hadn't seen his sister Mary since they had posed for a photograph together in front of their mother’s...

Randall had waited too long for VAD in Colorado

In 2010 Sheryl Randall, of Colorado, was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but later doctors said she had a mitochondrial disease that was slowly attacking her organs. In March 2015, Randall, aged 67, wrote letters to a few friends saying she had suffered too long...