Locked-in Syndrome


Hard cases, great cases, and bad law
Paul Russell | Apr 17 2012 | comment  

The UK case of the plight of Locked-In suffer, Tony Nicklinson, who is seeking to ‘change the existing understanding of the common law’ on assisted suicide (effectively, murder) is by any rendering a hard case.


UK locked-in patient may set dangerous euthanasia precedent
Peter Saunders | Mar 13 2012 | comment  

Legal action brought by a locked-in syndrome sufferer, who wants a doctor to be able to end his ‘intolerable’ life lawfully, can go ahead following a judge’s ruling today. The Ministry of Justice had previously argued that the case should be struck out on the grounds that it is a matter for Parliament, rather than the courts, to decide. But the judge’s ruling today means that Mr Nicklinson’s case will go to a full hearing, where medical evidence can be heard.


Most locked-in patients are happy, study finds
Michael Cook | Feb 27 2011 | comment  
What medical condition would definitely make life not worth living? At the top of most people’s lists would be locked-in syndrome: complete paralysis and inability to communicate other than by blinking. It was made famous in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, a book and a film about French journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby.
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