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Police investigate parents’ involvement in assisted suicide

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 21 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2195
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The parents of a 23 year old tetraplegic man who travelled to Switzerland from his home in England for an assisted suicide have been investigated by police and are waiting to hear whether they will be prosecuted in the United Kingdom.

    The case of Daniel James, who was paralysed in a game of rugby in March 2007, has reignited last month’s debate over euthanasia and assisted suicide after Debbie Purdy, who has multiple sclerosis, took her case to the High Court (BMJ 2008;336:1394, doi:10.1136/bmj.a374).

    Ms Purdy, 45, who wants her husband to accompany her to Switzerland when …

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