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Judges uphold ruling that doctors cannot help paralysed man end his life

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 01 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4881
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

A paralysed man has said he is “disappointed” but not shocked by the Court of Appeal’s decision that he cannot ask a doctor to end his life.

Paul Lamb, who has been paralysed from the neck down since a car accident 23 years ago, joined Jane Nicklinson to demand that judges overturn the ban on voluntary euthanasia. Nicklinson was carrying on the case of her late husband, Tony, who had locked-in syndrome after suffering a stroke. Tony died last August, two weeks after losing his case in the High Court for the right for a doctor to end his life.

On 31 July the judges repeated …

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