Daughter tells inquest how she helped parents to die

A woman has told an inquest how she helped her elderly parents to die after they suffered serious health problems.

Coroner concludes daughter helps parents to die

A woman has told an inquest that she helped her parents to die out of compassion and love for them both. The hearing in Berkshire heard how retired doctor Philip David Arnold and his wife Elizabeth told their family that they wanted to go together.

Dr Arnold who was 82 years old was bed bound - his wife Elizabeth who was 85 had Alzheimer's Disease. Their daughter Georgina Roberts said she gave her mother and father a tumbler of drugs at their home in Newbury. Juliette Fletcher was at the hearing today.

Daughter tells inquest how she helped parents to die

Dr David Arnold and his wife Elizabeth were found dead at heir home near Newbury Credit: INS

A woman has told an inquest how she helped her elderly parents to die after they suffered serious health problems.

The bodies of eighty two year old retired Doctor - David Arnold, and his wife Elizabeth - who was eighty five, were found at their home in Newbury in July 2012.

Police at the home of the Arnold's in July 2012 Credit: INS

He was a bed-ridden amputee and she had Alzheimer's.

Their daughter Georgina Roberts told the hearing she gave them a lethal cocktail of drugs, adding she "acted out of compassion and love" in helping to carry out their wishes to "go together".

In his closing remarks, Berskhire coroner Peter Bedford said Mrs Roberts "had a genuine desire to carry out her parent's wishes."

He recorded two narrative verdicts, adding that Dr Arnold wanted to end his life - but said his wife was unable to make that decision due to her dementia.

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