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Australian Quadriplegic Wins Landmark Right to Die Case

by VR Sreeraman on August 14, 2009 at 2:27 PM
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 Australian Quadriplegic Wins Landmark Right to Die Case

An Australian court on Friday issued a landmark ruling that a quadriplegic man who wants to die had the right to stop being fed by his carers.

Western Australia's chief judge Wayne Martin said the Brightwater Care Group would not be criminally responsible if it ceased feeding and hydrating severely paralysed Christian Rossiter, 49, who had begged to be allowed to die.

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Martin said Rossiter had the right to direct his treatment, and food and water "should not be administered against his wishes".

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