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Man with advanced MND vows to keep fighting for assisted death after losing case in Court of Appeal

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 29 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2871
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A man with advanced motor neurone disease who wants a doctor to help him end his life hopes to take his case to the UK Supreme Court after losing in the Court of Appeal.1

Noel Conway, 68, needs artificial ventilation for up to 23 hours a day and says that he feels “entombed” in his own body. He sought a court ruling that the blanket ban on assisting suicide in England and Wales breached his right to respect for his private life under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Conway proposed that assisted suicide should be allowed if an adult with mental capacity …

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