Should a Man With Locked In Syndrome Be Allowed to Die?

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a translation of the French memoir Le scaphandre et le papillon by journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby. It describes what his life is like after suffering a massive stroke that left him with a condition called locked-in syndrome. Bauby wrote the entire book using only his left eye to blink.

(Telegraph) ‘Locked in syndrome’ man asks court to let doctors help him die

A 46-year-old man with “locked in syndrome” is to ask the High Court for permission to allow doctors to help him to die.

By Tim Ross, Social Affairs Editor

10:00PM BST 18 Aug 2011


The man, known for legal reasons only as Martin, suffered a severe stroke three years ago, which left him unable to move. His only method of communication is by using his eyes.

In a highly unusual case, he wants to clarify the law so that medical staff or solicitors who help him to end his life will not be prosecuted. Assisting a suicide carries a potential 14-year jail sentence.

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What is Locked in sydrome?

(Wikipedia) Locked-in syndrome is a condition in which a patient is aware and awake but cannot move or communicate verbally due to complete paralysis of nearly all voluntary muscles in the body except for the eyes. Total locked-in syndrome is a version of locked-in syndrome where the eyes are paralyzed as well.

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