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Daughter says that Tony Nicklinson 'had no reason to live anymore'

Tony Nicklinson's wife Jane has told ITV News that he had "lost the fight" after he was left devastated after losing his right-to-die High Court bid.

Jane said; "he knew exactly what he was doing," when he refused antibiotics after contracting pneumonia.

His daughter Lauren added that, "he felt he couldn't go on anymore, he had no reason to live anymore and he saw his opportunity and he took it."

After High Court decision Tony 'couldn't take it any more'

Jane Nicklinson said her husband deteriorated dramatically after he lost the High Court case to allow doctors to end his life without being prosecuted on August 16. Speaking to the BBC Wiltshire she said:

It was the day after [the High Court decision] that he said to me that the fight had just gone. He said he couldn't take it any more. Within a couple of days he developed pneumonia, the last 48 hours were pretty unpleasant but thankfully it was quick. It's just a shame that he couldn't die the way he wanted to die.


Tony's life with locked-in syndrome was 'absolute agony'

The late Tony Nicklinson with Jane, before his stroke in 2005.

Jane Nicklinson said that Tony's life after his stroke was "absolute torture." Speaking to the BBC for the first time since her husband died from pneumonia after refusing food and fluids last week she said:

"For him it was absolute agony , it was torture for him. It was very hard for us to sit back and see him deteriorate but we were fighting the fight with him. It was what we could do for him. It was his wish."

Jane Nicklinson: This is not the end of the Tony's campaign

Jane Nicklinson described the last few years with her husband as 'very hard' Credit: Press Association

The wife of the late Tony Nicklinson has said she hoped someone will continue with the campaign her husband started before he died. Speaking to the BBC for the first time since his death last week she said:

"This is certainly not the end of the campaign. I do hope that someone takes it up. Even though we didn't win - all the hard work for the case has been done. I hope at some point, someone will come forward and carry on with what Tony started."

Tony Nicklinson's death will make people 'think long and hard'

Dr Antony Lempert, the chairman of the Secular Medical Forum which campaigns against religious influences in medical treatment, has said that Tony Nicklinson will leave a fitting legacy:

Many people do not regard life as sacrosanct but as a brief interlude to be lived as well as possible. When Tony could no longer live well, or even passably, he wanted to die.

In the event, he is no longer suffering but the manner of his death should leave those who would argue against assisted dying in all cases to think long and hard about their own moral compass.

– Dr Antony Lempert, Secular Medical Forum


Lawyers of man with locked-in syndrome to appeal ruling

Lawyers representing ‘Martin’, a 47-year-old British man who has locked-in syndrome, have said that they will appeal against the High Court judgement denying their client the opportunity to take the necessary steps to end his own life.

The case of Tony Nicklinson, who died today, was contained in the same judgement but differed in what it was trying to achieve.

Richard Stein, Head of Human Rights at Leigh Day & Co said:

Martin is very clear that he wants to end his own life as he chooses. As an able-bodied person I have the ability to choose how I live and how I die. Martin’s right to choose the manner of his death is denied to him by his disability and the Courts. We will continue to fight for a ‘compassionate defence’ for anyone who will help him take the necessary steps to end his tortuous existence.

– Richard Stein, Martin's lawyer
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