'Right to die' campaigner had 'no alternative' but to remove ventilator to end his life

'Right to die' campaigner had 'no alternative' but to remove ventilator to end his life

A terminally ill man who campaigned to change the law on assisted dying has died aged 71 after making a decision to remove his ventilator, a campaign group has said. Noel Conway was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2014 and in 2018 his legal fight to die "peacefully and with dignity" was rejected by the Supreme Court. The retired college lecturer died at his home in Garmston, Shropshire on Wednesday. A statement from campaign group Dignity in Dying said: "He died after making a decision to have the ventilator he had become dependent on to breathe removed in order to hasten his death, with the support of his family, his local hospice, and the breathing and ventilation team." Mr Conway's quality of life had deteriorated so much that he said he had "made a conscious and deliberate effort to end my own life". In a statement written before his death he said he had "no alternative to ending my life without pain and suffering and without compromising others". His wife Carol Conway said: "Noel died peacefully on the 9th …
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