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Court Rules That Locked-In Syndrome Sufferer Does Not Have Right to Die

Tony Nicklinson, a 57-year-old UK resident who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2005 that left him with only the use of his eyeballs, has lost the legal battle to end his life. Nicklinson who can communicate with the outside world via a computer program, has said that his life is “dull, miserable, demeaning, undignified, and intolerable” and has been seeking legal protection for any health care professional who agrees to terminate his life. UK’s High Court refused him yesterday, saying that “It is not for the court to decide whether the law on assisted dying should be changed and, if so, what safeguards should be put in place. Under our system of government these are matters for Parliament to decide… not for the court on the facts of an individual case or cases.” Nicklinson is expected to appeal …

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