Ailing Frenchwoman appeals for right to die
52-year-old French mother of three, disfigured by a rare incurable disease, launched an impassioned appeal seeking the right to euthanasia.
DIJON, France, Febraury 27, 2008 - A 52-year-old French mother of three,
disfigured by a rare incurable disease, launched on Tuesday an impassioned
appeal to the media and President Nicolas Sarkozy seeking the right to
Chantal Sebire, a former school teacher, learnt in 2002 that she had
developed an esthesioneuroblastoma, an uncommon malignant tumour in the nasal
cavity, which has led to "atrocious" suffering, according to her.
"In 2000, I lost the sense of smell and taste ... and I lost my sight in
October 2007," she said.
"One would not allow an animal to go through what I have endured," she said
in a plea aired on France 2 television and urged President Nicolas Sarkozy to
pay heed to her request.
Sebire pleaded for the right to "depart peacefully," saying only two
neurosurgeons had agreed to see her and then told her that the rare condition
Only 200 cases of the disease have been recorded worldwide in two decades,
French law does not allow for euthanasia.