Widow to continue right-to-die fight
The wife of Tony Nicklinson, the man with locked-in syndrome who died a week after losing a legal bid to end his life, is to appeal against the ruling.
Jane Nicklinson said she would challenge the decision because “nobody should have to suffer like Tony did”.
Her 58-year-old husband was paralysed from the neck down after suffering a stroke in 2005.
He died from pneumonia at his home in Melksham, Wiltshire, on August 22 after refusing food and fluids.
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Lawyers acting on Mrs Nicklinson’s behalf said they believed her case was “strong and compelling”.
Saimo Chahal, from solicitors Bindmans LLP, said it was evident from recent polls that some 70 per cent of the public considered there should be a change in the law.
“The case has very wide public significance which should be considered by the Court of Appeal and, if necessary, by the Supreme Court,” she added.
Mrs Nicklinson said she was delighted to continue what her husband had started.
“I feel very strongly that this issue should be addressed.
“It is too late for Tony, but I hope that we can now help those who find themselves in a similar position,” she added.
Mr Nicklinson lost his High Court case to allow doctors to end his life without fear of prosecution on August 16.