Father seeks place for daughter to die
An Italian father and his advisers were looking for a place for his daughter to die yesterday as doctors, prelates and politicians wrangled over a judgment that critics said opened the way for euthanasia in the ...
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#1 Jul 11, 2008
The Milan appeals court decided that Englaro's coma was irreversible. And in what, for Italy, was a sensational innovation, the judges said the deciding factor should be the patient's own wishes, as recalled by her family and friends.
Several commentators interpreted the ruling as an appeal for legislation allowing Italians to make so-called "living wills" , stipulating what life-sustaining treatment they want - or do not want - in the event of their being incapacitated. Umberto Veronesi, a renowned cancer specialist, called the judgment a victory for "the self-determination of the individual".
After 16 years with no hope for recovery, I am glad this father has won the right to let his baby go.
Last night Mr Englaro said: "I still can't believe it. I don't feel any pain as, for me, my daughter died 16 years ago.
"I feel that I can now free the most splendid creature I have ever known. She was in an irreversible coma, now we can free her, it's not euthanasia its freedom.
"Eluana knew the situation she was in, she just wanted to die and she wanted nature to take its course. The judges saw it as the best possible decision and I'm grateful for that."
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