Monday, December 15, 2008

Craig Ewert - assisted suicide on TV

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Craig Ewert, 59, a retired university professor, opted for assisted suicide rather than spend the rest of his life locked in a "living tomb."

The final moments of terminally ill patients have been broadcast on British television before, but never in the case of an assisted suicide.

Television watchdogs expressed concern that the programme, Right to Die, which will be shown on Sky Real Lives on Wednesday night, would promote euthanasia.

Mr Ewert, who suffered from motor neurone disease (MND), was filmed as he passed away, comforted by Mary, his wife of 37 years, at the Dignitas clinic in Zurich in September 2006.

Mrs Ewert pledges her love for her husband and kisses him moments before he consumes a mixture of sedatives and turns off his life-support ventilator
with a mouth-operated switch.

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