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« on: September 25, 2009, 04:29:30 am »
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QUADRIPLEGIC Christian Rossiter has died from a chest infection, five weeks after a court granted him the right to refuse food and water.

Mr Rossiter, 49, died in a Perth nursing home late last night, the Seven Network reported, saying Mr Rossiter had refused medical treatment for the infection.

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His lawyer John Hammond said Mr Rossiter had been in a lot of physical discomfort.

"Death I suspect comes as quite a relief for Christian," Mr Hammond told Channel 7.

"I think Christian will be remembered as someone who was very brave and took up a fight which will give a lot of people comfort.

"Essentially he won the right to refuse food and medication so he could die if he wanted to."

In August, WA Supreme Court Chief Justice Wayne Martin handed down a landmark ruling which effectively gave Mr Rossiter an avenue to die by starving to death.

Mr Hammond said the ruling was not about euthanasia, but about giving people the right to refuse treatment if they are dying.

A series of injuries had combined to make Mr Rossiter a spastic quadriplegic last year, and he described his life as a living hell.

He had asked the Brightwater Care Group at least 40 times to stop feeding and hydrating him through a tube to his stomach, before the matter was taken to
court.


http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,26102550-5008620,00.html



Quote from: lordstockton board=general thread=748 post=11628 time=1253795332
In August, WA Supreme Court Chief Justice Wayne Martin handed down a landmark ruling which effectively gave Mr Rossiter an avenue to die by starving to death


We really are a civilised society

"Yes you may starve your self to death slowly.  But no you can't have a quick lethal injection of ...."


truly sick....

they would never get away with doing that to a dog or cat..

He was truly a brave heart...now he can rest in peace..
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