Fighting for the right to die

Source:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4116308/This-fighting-right-die-Family-release-harrowing-pictures-MS-suffering-mother-final-days-torture.html

Years ago, while visiting extended family, we got into a discussion at the kitchen table one evening about assisted suicide and the right to take your own life.  My Dad and I were on opposite sides of the argument. So we agreed to disagree.  He believes no one should ever, ever have the right to take their own life.
I disagree.  And say it should be one of our most basic human rights.

And that's what I was pondering when I saw this news article the other night.  It really spoke to my heart and saved it in my files. 


This is why we are fighting for the right to die': Family release harrowing pictures of MS-suffering mother in her final days of 'torture'

Floria Lormier, 68, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was 20.
Her condition deteriorated over the past 2 years - leaving her in constant pain.
Her family say she was just 'skin and bones' before passing away in December.
They hope the pictures will convince politicians to change the law on euthanasia.

The family of a 68-year-old woman who suffered right up until her death are sharing her story in an attempt to fight for the right to die.

Flora Lormier, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) when she was 20 but her condition significantly worsened over the past two years.

Left in constant pain, she had begged her husband and daughter to help her die multiple times.

The debilitating condition had blighted her body, causing her to be paralysed from the neck down.

In hope of bringing about a change to the law on euthanasia, her husband, Tom, and daughter, Tracey Taylor, have released pictures of her in her final days.

Flora Lormier, suffered from multiple sclerosis since she was 20 but her condition worsened over the past two years. She begged her family to help her die.

"Mum was just left to suffer – it was torture, absolute torture. 
We were all around her when she passed but it wasn't peaceful."

'These pictures are what people need to see – this is why we are fighting for the right to die. 'There wasn't a thing we could do to help free her from her pain. We had morphine and sleeping pills and she begged us to help her end it, but we couldn't.

'She was like a prisoner of war who had been in a concentration camp.

'So why is it OK for a human to suffer? The Government need to see why people want the choice to decide when to die.'
Mr Lormier, who is registered blind, spent the past two years caring for his wife every day.

Showing her in a fragile state, she was left as just a pile of skin and bones before she eventually passed away naturally in December (pictured with her husband of 51 years, Tom, during her final weeks)

Her daughter, Tracey Taylor, said: 'These pictures are what people need to see – this is why we are fighting for the right to die' (pictured together in the months running up to her death)

Assisted suicide are legal in Switzerland, Germany, Mexico and five US states.