Tony Nicklinson’s suffers with locked in syndrome, this afternoon. Tony Nicklinson’s family went to the High Court
Mr Nicklinson said in a statement: “I am devastated by the court’s decision.
“I am saddened that the law wants to condemn me to a life of increasing indignity and misery.”
He told Sky News the judgement was “incredibly onewhat he hasnd that he believed he had grounds for appeal.
“The only points they seem to have addressed are the points put forward by the opposition,” he said.
“All of the points we put forward have barely been touched upon.”
Mr Nicklinson’s wife, Jane, said he was “absolutely heartbroken”.
His case was being heard along with that of a 47-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons, but who is referred to as Martin.
Lord Justice Toulson, sitting with Mr Justice Royce and Mrs Justice Macur, said both are tragic cases which raise constitutional issues and “present society with legal and ethical questions of the most difficult kind”.
Both men suffer from catastrophic physical disabilities, but their mental processes are unimpaired and they are fully conscious of their predicament.
Barring unforeseen medical advances, neither man’s condition is capable of physical improvement.
The judge said: “To do as Tony wants, the court would be making a major change in the law. To do as Martin wants, the court would be compelling the Director of Public Prosecutions to go beyond his established legal role.
If the High caught will not judge and make judgement on this case it will go to Parliament
The big question is, Parliament has big problems on its hands with cutting local services to and cutting services in social services and independent living. This is how they intend to get the deficit down and inject money into the economy and get as out of a recession
The question I have for everybody is how do you suggest they should do this.
Tony Nicklinson needs Parliament’s input because it is the best for Tony in the long run but who will agree on assisting somebody to die personally I think this case should be be re-accounted for on Tony Nicklinson is merits an achievements in his life however assisting somebody to die is not an easy thing for anybody to do this should be ponies choice and his wife’s and his family
However, it has been stated that Tony hasn’t found a doctor that will be happy to carry out the procedure personally. I think any doctor should not be held accountable for what a patient is requesting for the doctor to do because locked in syndrome is a really specific disability or condition how ever you want to put it. I personally sympathise with Tony.
This is a definition:
Locked-in syndrome usually results in quadriplegia and the inability to speak in otherwise cognitively intact individuals. Those with locked-in syndrome may be able to communicate with others through coded messages by blinking or moving their eyes, which are often not affected by the paralysis. The symptoms are similar to those of sleep paralysis. Patients who have locked-in syndrome are conscious and aware with no loss of cognitive function. They can sometimes retain proprioception and sensation throughout their body. Some patients may have the ability to move certain facial muscles, most often some or all of the extraocular eye muscles. Individuals with locked-in syndrome lack coordination between breathing and voice his restricts them from producing voluntary sounds, even though the vocal cords themselves are not paralysed.
Update on : 13/10/2012
After a week that I’ve posted this article on 16 August, Tony Nicklinson died.
“Jane told me that Tony went rapidly downhill over last weekend, having contracted pneumonia.
“He had made an advanced directive in 2004 refusing any life-sustaining treatment and also refused food from last week.”
Tony died with all his family by his side.
A tweet posted on his Twitter page read: “You may already know, my Dad died peacefully this morning of natural causes. He was 58.”
A second post added: “Before he died, he asked us to tweet ‘Goodbye world the time has come, I had some fun’.”
Tags: locked in syndrome, right to die, tony nicklinson