A man whose mind is healthy but is trapped inside a paralysed body goes to the High Court in his campaign to allow doctors to end his life.Read the full story ›
- The minds of patients with locked-in syndrome are perfectly healthy
- However the body is almost completely paralysed
- In Tony Nicklinson's case the condition began after he had a stroke
- It can also be caused by damage to nerve cells, diseases of the circulatory system and brain injury
- There is no standard treatment or cure
Tony Nicklinson's healthy mind is trapped in a body he can't use. The 57-year-old has locked-in syndrome and he wants a doctor to end his life. On Tuesday he takes his legal fight to the High Court.
A locked-in syndrome patient will be going to the High Court on Tuesday, to ask for his right to die lawfully at the hands of a doctor. Tony Nicklinson suffered a stroke seven years ago, which left him completely paralysed.
Christian groups have hit out at the decision made by the courts to allow Tony Nicklinson's case for ending his life to be heard.
Dr Peter Saunders from the Christian Medical Comment says today's decision could remove legal protection from large amounts of sick and disabled people. He said:
"Every law limits choice and stops some people doing what they might desperately wish to do but this is necessary in order to maintain protection for others. No man is an island and this case is about much more than Tony Nicklinson."
"Nicklinson has the right to refuse treatment under existing law, and could do so, but what he is seeking to do instead is to give doctors the power to kill in specific circumstances on grounds of ‘necessity’. That would be a very dangerous precedent indeed."
Tony Nicklinson's legal victory has caused an outpouring of sympathy on twitter. Here are some of the comments of support he has received:
"Tony Nicklinson: 'It is no longer acceptable for 21st Century medicine to be governed by 20th Century attitudes' " not a truer word spoken
Locked-in sufferer Tony Nicklinson, has issued a statement following a High Court action that Mr Nicklinson can proceed with his right-to-die case. Mr Nicklinson said:
"I have no privacy or dignity left. I am washed, dressed and put to bed by carers who are, after all, still strangers. I am fed up with my life and don't want to spend the next 20 years or so like this.
"What I object to is having my right to choose taken away from me after I had been saved."
The court documents detailing the High Court ruling allowing severely disabled Tony Nicklinson to proceed with his case to lawfully end his life have been released.
High Court judge, Mr Justice Charles gave severely disabled Tony Nicklinson the go-ahead to to take his case to lawfully end his life further.
I give permission for him to seek such relief by way of judicial review.
Mr Justice Charles said that when the case goes to a full hearing Tony Nicklinson will be seeking a declaration that:
It would not be unlawful, on the grounds of necessity, for Mr Nicklinson's GP, or another doctor, to terminate or assist the termination of Mr Nicklinson's life.