Assisted deaths: Who is Lancashire man Noel Conway and why is he campaigning for assisted dying to be legalised?

Earlier this year a retired Lancashire lecturer living with motor neurone disease lost his legal challenge over the right to an assisted death.

Thursday, 4th October 2018, 8:39 am
Updated Friday, 5th October 2018, 12:11 am
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Noel Conway, 68, from Blackburn, lost the case at the UK court of appeal in July.

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He said: “This illness has already taken away my ability to breathe independently and I am now almost completely immobile.

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“I know it will also rob me of my life, and I have accepted that. But what I cannot accept are the options I am faced with under the current law.

“I am told that I can choose between letting nature take its course until I am completely unable to move or communicate; hastening my death by removing my ventilator with no guarantee my suffering can be completely relieved; attempting to end my own life at home in potentially painful and traumatic circumstances; or making the arduous and expensive journey to Dignitas and risking prosecution for any loved ones who accompany me.

“It is barbaric to force me to decide between these unacceptable options.”