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Man with advanced MND loses challenge for an assisted death

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4631 (Published 06 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4631
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A retired lecturer with advanced motor neurone disease has lost his challenge to the legal ban on assisting a suicide in England and Wales.1

Noel Conway, 67, argued that the law condemned him to “unimaginable suffering.” He added, “If I let nature take its course, I could effectively become entombed in my own body, or I could die from suffocation or choking.”

Conway, who wants a doctor to be allowed to help him die by suicide, asked three senior judges at the High Court in London for a declaration that the ban …

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