Assisted suicide, the first historic yes in Italy to a 43-year-old quadriplegic

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ROME, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 13: The Italian Radicals and the Luca Coscioni association protest in front of the Chamber of Deputies to ask for discussion in Parliament in favour of the Law for Legal Euthanasia, on September 13, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Simona Granati – Corbis/Getty Images)

A 43-year-old quadriplegic patient from the Marche who has been immobilized for 10 years is “the first patient to obtain the green light for medically assisted suicide in Italy”. To give the news is the Coscioni Association. The Ethics Committee of the reference health care company Asur Marche has decided that in his case there are the conditions to access the lethal drug.

The Coscioni Association, after the sentence of the Constitutional Court 242 of 2019 on the case of Dj Fabo, fought so that, in compliance with the conditions indicated by the Council, assisted suicide could be extended to Italy, starting with the case of Mario, a truck driver. from Pesaro immobilized in bed after a road accident.

The decision of the Healthcare Company’s Ethics Committee came after a long and tiring process of 13 months in a team of doctors and psychologists who verified the existence of all four conditions established by the Constitutional Court, including the irreversibility of the disease , the unsustainability of pain and the clear will of the patient.

The ex truck driver from Pesaro, immobilized in bed after a car accident, commented: “I feel lighter, I have emptied myself of all the tension accumulated over the years”. Cared for by his mother, he could have gone to Switzerland, but he chose to fight to change Italian legislation.

“The ethics committee has examined the report of the doctors who in recent weeks have certified the presence of the 4 conditions established by the Constitutional Court in the Cappato-Dj Fabo ruling” explains Filomena Gallo of the Luca Coscioni Association, “or that Mario is kept alive by life-sustaining treatments. He is therefore suffering from an irreversible pathology, a source of physical or psychological suffering that he considers intolerable. He is fully capable of making free and informed decisions and that it is not his intention to use other health treatments for pain and deep sedation. It is very serious that it took a long time, but finally for the first time in Italy an ethics committee has confirmed for a sick person the existence of the conditions for assisted suicide “.


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