18/04/2013

Paralysed Man Takes Up Right-To-Die Appeal

A legal challenge brought by the late Tony Nicklinson, over the right to die with help from a doctor, has been taken up by 58-year-old Paul Lamb.

Mr Lamb has been paralysed since he was severely injured in a car accident in 1990. He has no function in any of his limbs apart from a little movement in his right hand

He has now joined forces with the family of Mr Nicklinson, who died in 2012, after his widow Jane won permission to continue the challenge to a High Court ruling against doctor-assisted death.

Mr Lamb's case differs slightly in that it goes beyond assisted suicide, he is so severely paralysed he would not be able to take the final steps to kill himself, he would need a doctor to kill him.

The two cases will be heard in the Court of Appeal on 14 and 15 May.

Anti-euthanasia campaigners say the current law protects vulnerable people.

(H/CD)


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