Montana man dies, thanks to court ruling for his Grandfather

Montana man dies, thanks to court ruling for his Grandfather

“If you can think of the worst flu you’ve ever had and you get the cold sweats and then have someone stab a hot poker in your insides and just twist it around,” TJ Mutchler says in the video, referring to the pain he was experiencing. “It’s hard for me to talk about it. Looking at it, man, I am going to die. I don’t want to.”

“Once he got the medication he was pretty comforted and found that he wanted to keep on living and not use it,” says TJ’s mother, Leslie, a nurse practitioner. “Now that he knew he had it he didn’t feel such a need to use it anymore because he had options. It gave him control of how things were able to go from there on.”

It was a choice TJ was able to make on 19 February 2017 because of his own grandfather, Bob Baxter. On 31 December 2009, the Montana Supreme Court ruled in a suit filed on Baxter’s behalf, that: “…we find no indication in Montana law that physician aid in dying provided to terminally ill, mentally competent adult patients is against public policy.”

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