Would you do this? Discuss.
A 29-year-old terminal cancer sufferer who had previously spoken of her right to die has ended her own life surrounded by her family.
According to friends and family of Brittany Maynard, she passed away in her Portland, Oregon, home after her condition worsened and the tumor took over.
However she was able to choose to die before she lost her ability to function. She completed her bucket list last week when she visited the Grand Canyon.
People.com said she wrote on Facebook : ‘Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love.
‘Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me … but would have taken so much more.’
She added: ‘The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have a ring of support around my bed as I type.
‘Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!’
Sean Crowley, a spokesman for Compassion & Choices, said in a statement late Sunday that Maynard died Saturday ‘as she intended — peacefully in her bedroom, in the arms of her loved ones.’
Crowley said Maynard ‘suffered increasingly frequent and longer seizures, severe head and neck pain, and stroke-like symptoms. As symptoms grew more severe she chose to abbreviate the dying process by taking the aid-in-dying medication she had received months ago.’
Read more: Daily Mail