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The Sea Inside

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 01 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:0503129
  1. Aula Abbara, fifth year medical student1
  1. 1Imperial College, London

The Sea Inside ‘Mar Adentro’ is based on the true story of Ramón Sampedro. Sampedro was quadriplegic and campaigned for 30 years for the right to end his own life. Javier Bardem gives an exquisite portrayal of Sampedro, a former ship's mechanic who broke his neck in a diving accident aged 23, and his central performance is one of the reasons this film works so well. For the past 30 years, he has been looked after by his brother José (Celso Bugallo) and his family while he pursues his legal case.

Sampedro's case caused controversy in Spain, a predominantly Catholic country, during his campaign. In 1998, a year after his legal case ended, he died mysteriously aged 55. Who helped him to die is still unknown. At this time, euthanasia is, in many countries, a contentious issue although neither Sampedro …

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