Man deliberately starving himself to death makes last-ditch appeal to change UK assisted dying laws

Man deliberately starving himself to death makes last-ditch appeal to change UK assisted dying laws - The Mandatory Training Group UK -
Man deliberately starving himself to death makes last-ditch appeal to change UK assisted dying laws - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Man deliberately starving himself to death makes last-ditch appeal to change UK assisted dying laws

Man deliberately starving himself to death makes last-ditch appeal to change UK assisted dying laws

Exclusive: ‘All elements of life have slowly been taken away from me. Socialising, singing, eating, drinking, running, walking, playing guitar, working and driving. Life is no longer giving me enough pleasure for me to wish to continue’

Man deliberately starving himself to death makes last-ditch appeal to change UK assisted dying laws - The Mandatory Training Group UK -Terminally ill Michael Askham, pictured with his partner Nikki, is starving himself to death in a bid to decide for himself how he will die

Unable to walk or talk to his children, Michael Askham has decided to starve himself to death – while dying is still his choice to make.

The 59-year-old first showed symptoms of the motor neurone disease in October 2018. The former nurse believes that if he does not act now to end his life, he faces choking on his own saliva as he loses the ability to swallow.

Now, on his deathbed in what are set to be his final hours, Michael is calling for a change to the law making assisted dying legal – one that would allow him more time with his partner and son Ollie, 16 and two daughters Emily, 20, and Lily, 14, before choosing to die on his own terms, in a humane and dignified way.

“My dream was always to die like my father,” Michael, of West Yorkshire, tells The Independent, communicating using an iPad. “To go to work. To come home. To go to bed and to die of a heart attack, there and then, job done. To have my family watch my decline and lose my life in this way is not my ideal situation and it’s hard for them.

“All elements of life have slowly been taken away from me. Socialising, singing, eating, drinking, running, walking, playing guitar, working and driving. Life is no longer giving me enough pleasure for me to wish to continue.”

Under current laws, anyone in England and Wales who assists a suicide faces a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison. Once a week someone from the UK is thought to travel to Switzerland to end their life, while a public poll of more than 5,000 people found 84 per cent supported a change in the law on assisted dying.

Man deliberately starving himself to death makes last-ditch appeal to change UK assisted dying laws.

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