An elderly British couple who died together at an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland died “peacefully” after receiving “wonderful and humbling care” from their doctors, the couple’s family said.
Peter and Penelope Duff from Bath, England, died in Zurich on February 27, according to a statement released by their family and reported by Britain’s Press Association. Both had terminal cancer, the statement said.
“Penny had fought a rare cancer, GIST, since 1992 and Peter’s colon cancer had spread to his liver,” the statement said.
“Their decision in no way reflected on the wonderful and humbling care they have received from their consultant, doctors and nurses, for which the family, and they, were so appreciative…”
Dignity in Dying, a British charity that advocates the choice of assisted death for terminally ill patients, said it was “extremely sad” that the Duffs had to travel abroad to die.
“Had they had the option of an assisted death in this country they may still be alive, as their physical ability to travel would not have been a factor,” said Sarah Wootton, chief executive of Dignity in Dying.
Wootton called on Parliament to modernize laws on suicide to allow for assisted dying.
The sort of end I have to keep in mind – being an old geezer. I’d only have to travel about a thousand miles till I reached a state that has laws on assisted suicide that belong to the 21st Century.
Here in New Mexico, the good Christians of our state legislature oppose just about any modern idea this side of making a buck from alternative energy sources. We have a surplus of sunlight and wind – that is, non-political wind – so that works for our politicians. Otherwise, they’re about as courageous as an old crutch.