March 30, 2023

Euthanasia of an incurable patient in Colombia has been canceled

The procedure will take place this Sunday, 10, but has been blocked by a commission analyzing the right to die with dignity; Colombian diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Reproduction / Twitter / Fede0830 / 10.10.2021Martha Sepulveda, 51, suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

a mercy killing from Colombia Martha Sepulveda It was cancelled. The operation was due to take place on the morning of Sunday, 10, and will be the first person to receive the procedure in Colombia without catching an incurable disease. The information has been confirmed by Instituto Colombiano de Dor (Incodol), the clinical center where the procedure will be performed, as disclosed by BBC Mondo. The decision was made after the Multidisciplinary Scientific Committee on the Right to Die with Dignity unanimously decided to abolish euthanasia, as the points presented do not meet the criterion of terminal illness. Lucas Correa, Martha’s attorney, told BBC That the decision to cancel the procedure was “illegal, illegal and arbitrary” and stated that her client was losing her right to die with dignity.

“They are forcing her to live a life she does not want to continue living, with suffering and pain that she considers incompatible with her idea of ​​dignity,” the lawyer said. A little over a year ago, Colombia’s Constitutional Court ruled that people who had experienced “extreme physical or mental suffering” due to injury or terminal illness, would have the right to euthanasia. Martha has a diagnosis amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), an incurable degenerative disease that affects the voluntary movement of muscles. The disease is not considered permanent. In a previous interview with snail tvMartha, 51, professed to be Catholic but believes God does not want to see her suffering. “In the state I am in,” he said, “the best thing that can happen to me is to rest.”