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Colombian man dies publicly under new euthanasia policy

  • Hours before dying on Friday, 60 year old Escobar celebrated what he called victory in his two-year battle with a lung ailment that left him unable to breathe on his own.
Snow accumulates on the hat of a friendly snowman as he greets motorists along Northeast 159th Street in Hockinson, Wash(AP)
Snow accumulates on the hat of a friendly snowman as he greets motorists along Northeast 159th Street in Hockinson, Wash(AP)
Published on Jan 09, 2022 04:33 AM IST
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Switzerland approves euthanasia device for ‘painless death’

With the Sarco machine passing legal scrutiny in Switzerland, its creators are likely to put it up and ready for operation in the country from next year.
Many have lambasted the futuristic design of the Sarco machine – noting that it “glorifies” suicide. 
Many have lambasted the futuristic design of the Sarco machine – noting that it “glorifies” suicide. 
Published on Dec 07, 2021 01:46 PM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Spain’s parliament votes to legalise euthanasia

Spain is following the footsteps of Iberian Peninsula neighbor Portugal, whose parliament approved similar bills to legalize physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia in February.
People protest against a law to legalise euthanasia as Spanish Parliament prepares to vote on it.(REUTERS)
People protest against a law to legalise euthanasia as Spanish Parliament prepares to vote on it.(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 17, 2020 10:09 PM IST
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Plea in Supreme Court restarts debate on euthanasia

Active euthanasia is illegal in India while passive euthanasia is permitted after a 2018 Supreme Court judgment in the case of Common Cause vs Union of India. Passive euthanasia, however, entails withholding of treatment necessary for continuance of life.
The petitioner has prayed that a procedure should be laid down for patients suffering from Rabies to allow the victims or their guardians to opt for the assistance of physicians willing for assisted dying or active-euthanasia.(Shutterstock Image/Representative Image)
The petitioner has prayed that a procedure should be laid down for patients suffering from Rabies to allow the victims or their guardians to opt for the assistance of physicians willing for assisted dying or active-euthanasia.(Shutterstock Image/Representative Image)
Published on Jan 10, 2020 05:59 AM IST
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A guideline telling doctors when not to revive terminally-ill patients, expected soon

DNAR guidelines will apply to situations when doctors feel revival of patients with incurable condition will be inappropriate, non beneficial, aggravate suffering and interrupt the natural dying process, says the draft.
ICMR is finalising guidelines to list situations when doctors should not try to revive a terminally-ill patient.(HT Photo/Representative)
ICMR is finalising guidelines to list situations when doctors should not try to revive a terminally-ill patient.(HT Photo/Representative)
Updated on Nov 07, 2019 09:07 PM IST
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Paralympic gold medallist Marieke Vervoort dies by euthanasia aged 40

The town of Diest in northern Belgium, where Vervoort was born, set up a book of condolence and carried a long message on its website about the woman it called “our Wielemie”, a reference to the wheels of her wheelchair.
FILE PHOTO: Marieke Vervoort of Belgium celebrates with her bronze medal during the victory ceremony.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Marieke Vervoort of Belgium celebrates with her bronze medal during the victory ceremony.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 25, 2019 07:59 PM IST
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Disability commissioner visits Bihar man who pleaded euthanasia for sons

Devmuni Singh Yadav, father of three boys, in a letter to the Prime Minister and chief minister Nitish Kumar, had requested the government to arrange for treatment of his children who suffer from a rare muscular disorder, otherwise allow for euthanasia.
Bihar disability commissioner Dr Shivaji Kumar at Devmuni Singh Yadav’s house on Saturday, July 27, 2019.(HT Photo)
Bihar disability commissioner Dr Shivaji Kumar at Devmuni Singh Yadav’s house on Saturday, July 27, 2019.(HT Photo)
Published on Jul 29, 2019 02:34 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Sasaram | ByPrasun K Mishra

Father of 3 pleads for euthanasia in Bihar as govt fails to arrange medical treatment of sons

A penurious family in Bihar’s Sasaram town in Rohtas district, pleading for euthanasia, has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the government has failed to arrange for the treatment of its three sons suffering from rare congenital muscular disease that has left them paralysed at juvenescent ages.
The farmer lives in a thatched hutment in Bihar’s Sasaram town along with his wife, daughter and the three physically impaired sons(HT)
The farmer lives in a thatched hutment in Bihar’s Sasaram town along with his wife, daughter and the three physically impaired sons(HT)
Updated on Jul 13, 2019 09:09 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Sasaram | ByPrasun K Mishra

Single, unhappy with career, 35-year-old Pune man seeks permission for euthanasia

Upset with an unstable career and lack of marriage prospects, a 35-year-old man wrote to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ Office seeking permission for euthanasia.
According to the police officer, in the letter sent to CMO, the man had written about his ailing mother who is around 70 years old and his father who is 83 years old.(File photo)
According to the police officer, in the letter sent to CMO, the man had written about his ailing mother who is around 70 years old and his father who is 83 years old.(File photo)
Updated on May 12, 2019 09:19 AM IST
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Pune | ByAsian News International

Failing to get parents’ bodies, army man writes to President requesting euthanasia

Nayab Subedar Vijay Kumar wrote to the President requesting euthanasia after failing to get the bodies of his parents who were murdered in January 2018.
Naib Subedar Vijay Kumar has requested the President to let him commit euthanasia.(Shutterstock)
Naib Subedar Vijay Kumar has requested the President to let him commit euthanasia.(Shutterstock)
Updated on May 10, 2019 09:52 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kota | ByAabshar H Quazi

Chinese lawmakers argue for legalising euthanasia with strict rules

Euthanasia is illegal in China but it has been discussed sporadically in government, medical and legal circles. The discussion seems to be picking up pace with the revised draft sections to be part of a draft civil code and submitted to the National People’s Congress’ plenary session in March 2020.
Euthanasia is illegal in China but it has been discussed sporadically in government, medical and legal circles.(Livemint)
Euthanasia is illegal in China but it has been discussed sporadically in government, medical and legal circles.(Livemint)
Updated on Apr 23, 2019 04:00 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Beijing | BySutirtho Patranobis

Madras HC directs medical panel to examine 9-yr-old boy for passive euthanasia

The court directed the team consisting of three experts was to report whether the persistent vegetative state criteria was fulfilled and if there was any scope for the boy’s treatment.
The bench directed the director, Tamil Nadu Government Multi-Super Speciality Hospital, to provide all facilities for testing the child and provide other facilities to the experts.(PTI File Photo)
The bench directed the director, Tamil Nadu Government Multi-Super Speciality Hospital, to provide all facilities for testing the child and provide other facilities to the experts.(PTI File Photo)
Published on Sep 10, 2018 11:56 PM IST
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Activists seek simpler norms for ‘passive euthanasia’, living wills

The Indian Society of Critical Care has proposed a two-tier system to allow decisions to be jointly taken between authorised relative of the patient and the treating team of ‘three’ senior doctors.
Representative image.(Shutterstock)
Representative image.(Shutterstock)
Published on Aug 30, 2018 11:32 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByAayushi Pratap

Poet Gopal Das Neeraj had sought mercy killing a week before his death

In letter to the Aligarh district magistrate, Gopal Das ‘Neeraj’ had expressed his wish to be ‘free’ from his body, which was becoming a ‘burden’ because of continued illness.
In a letter, the poet had sought availability of ‘helideath’ injection for accepting voluntary death.
In a letter, the poet had sought availability of ‘helideath’ injection for accepting voluntary death.
Updated on Jul 22, 2018 08:18 PM IST
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34-year-old gangster in Mumbai jail seeks nod for euthanasia

A thirty-four-year-old undertrial, arrested in 2016 in a double murder case, has asked a Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (MCOCA) court permission to end his life.
Two months after the Supreme Court’s landmark verdict allowing passive euthanasia, a gangster in Mumbai, arrested in a double murder case in 2016, has asked a MCOCA court permission to end his life.(Shutterstock)
Two months after the Supreme Court’s landmark verdict allowing passive euthanasia, a gangster in Mumbai, arrested in a double murder case in 2016, has asked a MCOCA court permission to end his life.(Shutterstock)
Updated on May 11, 2018 10:41 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Spain lower house votes in favour of examining bill to legalise euthanasia

At present, Spain bans anyone from causing or cooperating with the death of another person suffering from “a serious, terminal illness or one that causes serious, permanent ailments that are difficult to endure”.
According to an opinion poll, 84% of Spaniards are in favour of allowing people with terminal illnesses to be helped to die painlessly.(Shutterstock/Photo for representation)
According to an opinion poll, 84% of Spaniards are in favour of allowing people with terminal illnesses to be helped to die painlessly.(Shutterstock/Photo for representation)
Published on May 10, 2018 07:56 PM IST
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104-year-old Australian scientist commits assisted suicide in Switzerland

David Goodall, who had been barred from seeking help to end his life in his home country Australia, did not have a terminal illness but said his quality of life had deteriorated significantly and that he wanted to die.
Australian scientist David Goodall attends a press conference on Wednesday, on the eve of his assisted suicide in Basel.(AFP photo)
Australian scientist David Goodall attends a press conference on Wednesday, on the eve of his assisted suicide in Basel.(AFP photo)
Updated on May 10, 2018 05:28 PM IST
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Geneva | ByAgencies

Suicide machine draws crowd at Amsterdam funeral show. Here’s how it works

Called the “Sarco”, short for sarcophagus, the 3D-printed machine comes with a detachable coffin, mounted on a stand that contains a nitrogen canister.
Dutch designer Alexander Bannink explains how the
Dutch designer Alexander Bannink explains how the "Sarco" euthanasia pod works as a woman experiences sitting in the device by wearing virtual reality glasses.(AFP)
Updated on Apr 15, 2018 04:34 PM IST
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Passive euthanasia: How a living will can be made and executed in India

An explainer on how a living will, or advance medical directive, can be drafted and executed, after the Supreme Court in a landmark judgement allowed passive euthanasia in India.
At the hearing, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said: “Should we not allow them to cross the door and meet death with dignity? For some, even their death could be a moment of celebration.”(Shutterstock)
At the hearing, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said: “Should we not allow them to cross the door and meet death with dignity? For some, even their death could be a moment of celebration.”(Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 09, 2018 09:07 PM IST
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Explained | Supreme Court’s landmark judgment on passive euthanasia, living will

SC was hearing a plea by NGO Common Cause to declare ‘right to die with dignity’ as a fundamental right within the fold of right to live with dignity.
The Supreme Court on Friday allowed passive euthanasia in a landmark verdict.(Shutterstock/Representative image)
The Supreme Court on Friday allowed passive euthanasia in a landmark verdict.(Shutterstock/Representative image)
Updated on Mar 09, 2018 06:11 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent
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