Paralysed woman: Don’t give up hope for the future

Christian Institute 26 July 2010 A severely disabled woman has urged other disabled people who may feel like ending their lives not to abandon hope for the future.  Marini McNeilly, who suffers from a condition known as ‘locked-in syndrome’, is paralysed and can only move her face, head and, very slightly, her fingers. In an interview with The Times newspaper …

Springbok hero dying from MND

Care Not Killing 29 August 2013 Joost van der Westhuizen is a name well known to rugby fans the world over. It was the scrum half’s try-saving tackle on the towering All Black wing Jonah Lomu in the World Cup rugby final in 1995 which arguably won the tournament for South Africa. He went on to win the Tri Nations …

A man declared brain dead makes incredible recovery

Care Not Killing 8 May 2012 A man who was declared brain dead by four doctors made an amazing recovery after his parents got another opinion before their son’s life support was switched off. Steven Thorpe was in a terrible car crash at 17. Doctors told his family that he was not going to recover and that they should think …

Locked-in syndrome survivor tells his story

Care Not Killing 10 August 2012 Two days after he regained consciousness following a stroke, Richard Marsh did not want to die as doctors asked his wife, Lili, if they should turn off his life support machine. He could listen to every word but not tell them that he was still conscious. The 60 year old did not want to …

Paralysed man’s first words in 19 years

Care Not Killing 6 February 2012 A 37-year-old paralysed man has spoken for the first time in nearly 20 years – and told his mum “I love you”. The news comes amidst pressure to change the law so that people in a similar position can have their lives ended by euthanasia. Simon Ellis was told he would never talk again …

Alison Davis on BBC World Service

Care Not Killing 12 April 2012 BBC World Service has a good story about Alison Davis. Alison rejected religious faith and wanted to die. Alison has a split spine and has had breathing difficulties. She has intractable pain. When she wanted to die, she thought that she would be doing her friends and family a favour. It was a life …

Life with locked-in syndrome

Care Not Killing 9 September 2012 The media has a tendency to focus on the negatives of profound disability by giving a hugely disproportionate level of coverage to disabled people who wish to end their lives and very little to the majority who actually value their lives. These good news stories have previously drawn attention to the fact that most …

Euthanasia deaths continue their relentless rise in the Netherlands

Care Not Killing 25 September 2013 According to Dutch media reports yesterday, euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands in 2012 increased by 13% to 4,188. This follows increases of 13% in 2009, 19% in 2010 and 18% in 2011 and comes in the first year after the introduction of ‘mobile clinics’ which euthanize people in their own homes. In fact from 2006 to 2012 there has …