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Right-to-die battle: court of appeal rejects paralysed man's case

• The Guardian

The court of appeal has rejected a request by a paralysed man that doctors should be allowed to help him die.

Paul Lamb, 57, from Leeds, had taken on the "right to die" case originally brought by Tony Nicklinson, a sufferer of "locked-in syndrome" who died last year, and a week after losing his high court euthanasia battle.

Nicklinson's widow, Jane, supported the appeal against the previous judgment which, she said, had condemned her husband to a life he no longer wanted to lead. Both want to overturn the prohibition on doctors helping to end the lives of their patients.

By a two-to-one majority, however, the judges did uphold another appeal by a man, known only as Martin, who is suffering from "locked-in syndrome". He is seeking clearer guidance about whether any doctor of nurse who accompanied him to a suicide clinic in Switzerland would be prosecuted.

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What happened? Didn't Mark Dice get enough signatures on his latest petition?

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