MS sufferer wants option

Paddy Walsh

Reporter:

Paddy Walsh

A Donegal woman and her partner are considering the option of assisted suicide to end her suffering from the worsening effects of Multiple Sclerosis.

A Donegal woman and her partner are considering the option of assisted suicide to end her suffering from the worsening effects of Multiple Sclerosis.

Marie Fleming (59) who lives in Arklow, County Wicklow, says she wants to die if her condition deteriorates further. And her partner of 20 years, Tom Curran, said he will help her end her life.

“I love Marie, and part of that love says to me it’s her right to have the option to die and if nobody else is prepared to give her that option, then my love for her means I have that job to do,” said Mr. Curran who is co-ordinator with the pro-euthanasia group, Exit International.

Yesterday, however, Donegal based suicide counsellor, Fr. James Sweeney said he would not be encouraging anyone to go down the road of assisted suicide.

Describing it as a “very complex and delicate” area, he said such a move could “easily open the floodgates” where people with severe health difficulties were concerned.

“It could establish a precedent where people with, say, painful bowel cancer could opt for taking their own life.”

Read more in today’s Donegal Democrat and Donegal People’s Press.