Terminally-ill woman in ‘euthanasia’ row ends life

14th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 March 2007, MADRID — A terminally-ill woman, who won the right to end her own life, died in hospital, authorities said on Thursday.

15 March 2007

MADRID — A terminally-ill woman, who won the right to end her own life, died in hospital, authorities said on Thursday.

Inmaculada Echevarria, 51, who was suffering from muscular dystrophy, won the right to die under a law which grants patients the right to refuse treatment.

Echevarría asked for her ventilator to be turned off.

The case caused a row because she was originally being treated in a Catholic hospital, San Rafael de Granada, in Andalusia.

This provoked criticism from Spanish bishops who said she was committing euthanasia.

Initially, the hospital management supported her right to die, but she was transferred on Wednesday to a state hospital where she completed her wish.

It was not clear if managers at the San Rafael de Granada had buckled under pressure from the Roman Catholic church. 

Echevarria was supported by the pro-euthanasia group the Association for the Right to Die (DMD). 

Echevarria had progressive muscular dystrophy and had been on a ventilator for the past ten years.

Since the age of 30 she had serious mobility problems. 

Euthanasia, which remains a controversial subject in Spain. is illegal.

A film Mar Adentro (The Sea Within), about the life and death of quadriplegic Ramon Sampedro, reignited the debate about the issue three years ago.

Sampedro took his life after years of campaigning for the right to do so.

The government has said it does not intend to change the law.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news


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