Right-to-die challenges rejected

The family of late locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson and paralysed road accident victim Paul Lamb lost their right-to-die challenges at the Court of Appeal in London.

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Tony Nicklinson's family 'hope common sense prevails'

The family of the late right-to-die campaigner Tony Nicklinson said they "hope that common sense prevails" as they await an appeal decision:

Right-to-die campaigner's family to hear appeal ruling

Lock-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson died at home in Melksham, Wiltshire, last August, a week after he lost a High Court bid to end his life with a doctor's help.

Mr Nicklinson, who was paralysed by a stroke while on a business trip to Athens in 2005, had refused food and contracted pneumonia after he was "devastated" by the decision of Lord Justice Toulson, Mr Justice Royce and Mrs Justice Macur.

Lock-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson. Credit: Family handout

But his widow Jane vowed to continue the battle in the courts, which she said was "part of Tony's legacy".

Mr Nicklinson had sought declarations that there should be a defence of necessity available to a doctor assisting him to die, and that the law was incompatible with his right to respect for private and family life under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Judges set to rule on right-to-die cases

Leading judges are due to rule on the latest round of a right-to-die legal battle started by locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson.

Tony Nicklinson died at home in Melksham, Wiltshire, last August after losing his High Court bid. Credit: Emma Hallett/PA Wire

Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson and Lord Justice Elias will announce their decision in an appeal brought by Mr Nicklinson's family following his death, and will also give rulings in two other cases.


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