“IT LEFT me paralysed below the neck and unable to speak. I need help in almost every aspect of my life. I cannot scratch if I itch, I cannot pick my nose if it is blocked and I can only eat if I am fed like a baby – only I won’t grow out of it, unlike the baby.
“I have no privacy or dignity left. I am washed, dressed and put to bed by carers who are, after all, still strangers. You try defecating to order whilst suspended in a sling over a commode and see how you get on. I am fed up with my life and don’t want to spend the next 20 years or so like this …
“By all means protect the vulnerable. By vulnerable, I mean those who cannot make decisions for themselves – just don’t include me. I am not vulnerable.
“I don’t need help or protection from death or those who would help me. If the legal consequences were not so huge, i e life imprisonment, perhaps I could get someone to help me.
“I can’t get help. I am asking for my right to choose when and how to die.”