(Telegraph) ‘Locked in syndrome’ man asks court to let doctors help him die
A 46-year-old man with “locked in syndrome” is to ask the High Court for permission to allow doctors to help him to die.
By Tim Ross, Social Affairs Editor
10:00PM BST 18 Aug 2011
The man, known for legal reasons only as Martin, suffered a severe stroke three years ago, which left him unable to move. His only method of communication is by using his eyes.
In a highly unusual case, he wants to clarify the law so that medical staff or solicitors who help him to end his life will not be prosecuted. Assisting a suicide carries a potential 14-year jail sentence.
What is Locked in sydrome?
(Wikipedia) Locked-in syndrome is a condition in which a patient is aware and awake but cannot move or communicate verbally due to complete paralysis of nearly all voluntary muscles in the body except for the eyes. Total locked-in syndrome is a version of locked-in syndrome where the eyes are paralyzed as well.