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Paralysed man asks High Court to allow doctors to end his life

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7837 (Published 01 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7837
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A 57 year old man who is almost totally paralysed with locked-in syndrome after a stroke is to seek a ruling from the High Court’s family division in London that doctors might lawfully give him a drug to end his life.

The case, which was lodged with the court this week, follows another pending case in which a 42 year old man named only as Martin, also paralysed after a stroke, seeks the help of a palliative care doctor while he starves himself to death.

In England and Wales, voluntary euthanasia is considered murder, carrying …

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