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Dying woman may revoke her controversial suicide plans

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 13 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:871
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    A woman with terminal bowel cancer who reopened the euthanasia debate in Australia by going public with her plans to commit suicide may change her mind after all.

    Nancy Crick, who has been experiencing chronic pain, vomiting, and diarrhoea, said she might reconsider her decision if the palliative care and pain relief treatment offered by a Queensland hospital made her life more tolerable.

    The 70 year old great grandmother, an unapologetic chain smoker, has detailed her suffering and wish to die in a website, which has solicited more than 15 000 email messages of support from around the world.

    On the website she wrote: “Compassionate vets will not let this [indignity …

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