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Right-to-die High Court plea

A man suffering from "locked-in" syndrome who says his life is "undignified and intolerable" is taking his right-to-die plea to the High Court. Tony Nicklinson suffered a stroke in 2005 that left him paralysed below the neck and unable to speak.

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What is locked-in syndrome?

  • 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

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