Desperate To Die
Has anyone seen the film 'The Diving Bell and The Butterfly'? Based on the story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, it follows his journey as he endures a stroke, resulting in 'locked-in' syndrome. Paralysed from the neck down, his only means of communication is by blinking.
The viewer (or indeed reader, since it is based on a novel) is drawn into Jean's world as he endures the frustrating sensation of physical paralysis - like a diving bell. Yet we are also uplifted by his imagination, feeling as free as a butterfly.
This week, Tony Nicklinson suffering from the same condition was refused his 'right to die'. The court stated it was not for them to decide - but Parliament.
Dr Andrew Fergusson from Care Not Killing said that the law was there to protect the disabled and vulnerable. He emphasised that instead we need to focus on how to care for the terminally ill.
It's an emotive subject; what do you think?