Forum brings assisted dying debate to northern suburbs

Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton, right, with Elisabeth.
Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton, right, with Elisabeth.

THE end-of-life choices debate is coming to Wanneroo next Monday.

Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton will hold a forum on the issue at Wanneroo Sports and Social Club on March 11.

The State Government plans to introduce a Bill into Parliament this year to provide for voluntary assisted dying in WA.

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Ms Winton recently met northern suburbs resident Elizabeth to discuss the introduction of the voluntary assisted dying legislation into State Parliament and hear her story.

Elizabeth (who did not want her surname published) lost her son Dean to leukaemia 11 years ago. He was first diagnosed when he was 25 years old and lived for another 13 years after having a bone marrow transplant.

She said the last three years were the worst, as Dean’s health deteriorated and he suffered from lung complications.

As his breathing got worse he ended up housebound and was on oxygen for the last 12 months of his life and under palliative care.

Elizabeth said her son would have considered ending his life, but was worried about what the repercussions would be for his family because it was illegal.

“It was just awful; no one should have to suffer like that,” she said.

“He could have ended it as he wanted if this legislation was in.

“I just think he should have had the choice. He lost his dignity.

“He wouldn’t have visitors, only direct family; he didn’t want people coming around. His quality of life was just awful. He used to say the breathing was the worst thing; he felt like he was choking.

“It is hideous to lose a child, especially like that.”

Elizabeth’s husband, Bill (72) was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, an incurable condition, last July and he has been given between two and five years to live.

Guest panellists at the forum will include North Metropolitan MLC Alannah MacTiernan and Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson, who chaired the parliamentary committee into end-of-life choices.

To register for the forum, email sabine.winton.mla@mp.wa.gov.au, call 9405 1244 or visit www.trybooking.com/BAVHZ.

 

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