Desperate death wish

By January 18, 2015 Recent News

Stuff 18 January 2015
TO END her life with dignity, without violence and at a time of her choosing is Hamilton woman Faye Clark’s final wish as she helplessly watches terminal cancer eat its way through her bones.
The 71-year-old’s new reality of intense medication, chemotherapy and constant pain has been slowly closing in on her since her 2009 diagnosis.
A new study shows New Zealand is overwhelmingly in support of people like Clark ending their lives legally, with the help of a doctor.
Auckland University researchers published their findings in the Journal of Palliative Medicine last month.
Assisted dying is legal in several European countries and some parts of the United States. This study’s researchers say despite regular debate in New Zealand, little has been known about what people think and why.
Findings show people are most in favour of assisted dying in situations where dignity is lost.
Clark doesn’t have depression and is thankful for the interventions that have kept her alive – but she can feel her body has had enough, and so has she.