In a heartbreaking story of struggle and hardship, Tony Nicklinson, a paraplegic in the UK has been rejected the right-to-die, by Britain’s High Court.
The decision came today, after Nicklinson, 58, appealed to the court in January for any doctor to help him die, to not be charged with murder.
Nicklinson suffered a stroke in 2005, leaving him unable to speak or move below his neck. He requires constant care and nursing and communicates only by blinking. His mind, however, has remained unaffected and his condition is not yet terminal.
Alongside Nicklinson, a man named only as “Martin”, pleaded with the High Court to change the laws on euthanasia, but when the Court rejected their desires, the pair still felt indifferent to their plans to die.
Nicklinson told the media that he was “devastated and heartbroken”.
“I am saddened that the law wants to condemn me to a life of increasing indignity and misery,” he said in a statement.
Martin, 47, also suffers from the same neurological syndrome as Nicklinson, and told the court that he wants professionals to legally help him die by starving him of food and water. His wife, however, has stated that she wanted nothing to do with his voluntary death.
Judges of the High Court explained that though they are both “tragic cases”, overturning the current laws on euthanasia would result in a defense to murder, and “would unsurp the proper role of Parliament.”
But, Nicklinson claims the British Court is rejecting his rights to private life, as assured in the European Convention of Human Rights.
He has described life as “a living nightmare”.