British TV To Air Man’s Suicide

December 9, 2008

UK (ChattahBox) – A man who received assisted suicide in the world’s only legal suicide clinic will his final moments aired on British television. Craig Ewert, a 59 year old university professor suffered from Motor Neurone Disease, a painful and terminal disease that Ewert and his wife of 37 years decided he would suffer through no more.

The moving documentary, which was filmed at Dignitas Clinic in Switzerland, has been widely criticized by anti-euthanasia and pro-life groups around the world that feel not only horrified by the act of assisted suicide, but offended by the idea of posting it on television for others to witness.

‘This subject is something that is quite an important political issue at the moment and my anxieties are that the program will influence public opinion,’ said John Beyer, director of Mediawatch-UK, a British watchdog group.

But the documentary shows the American-born Ewert to be quite clear in his reasons for opting for assisted suicide.

‘I am tired of the disease but I am not tired of living. I still enjoy life enough that I would like to continue but the thing is that I really cannot. If I opt for life then that is choosing to be tortured rather than end this journey and start the next one. I cannot take the risk.
‘Let’s face it, when you’re completely paralyzed and cannot talk how do you let somebody know you are suffering? This could be a complete and utter hell. You can watch only so much of yourself drain away before you look at what is left and say ‘This is an empty shell.
‘Once I become completely paralyzed then I am nothing more than a living tomb that takes in nutrients through a tube in the stomach – it’s painful.’

The most emotional footage comes from the loving goodbyes from Ewert and his wife Mary as they prepare to remove life support and administer the drugs that would end his life. Her promises of eternal love and dedication are as heart breaking as they are moving, as are his promises of a future together in the next life.
The documentary is scheduled to air tomorrow night.


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