Dying patients shouldn't fear disability – advocate

  • 25/05/2015

By 3 News online staff

It's the second day of Lecretia Seales' High Court fight for the right to die.

The 42-year-old is terminally ill with a brain tumour and wants to ensure her doctor isn't prosecuted if she helps her die.

Dr Huhana Hickey, a disability advocate who was in court for the first day of proceedings has concerns. She is opposed to giving people the right to assisted suicide, especially if the patient's motivation is to avoid becoming dependent on others for care.

"It opens the door where people who may not appear to be depressed, who have a fear of disability," she told RadioLIVE this morning.

"What is wrong with having people wiping your butt each day? That's something that some of us live with all the time."

Dr Hickey has survived breast cancer, and is currently wheelchair-bound due to a variant of multiple sclerosis.

Ms Seales says she doesn't want to die, but would like to be able to decide when her time is up before her suffering becomes intolerable.

The judge-only trial is set to wrap up in the next couple of days.

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