Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who renewed a debate in the US about physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill people, has ended her life with lethal drugs available under Oregon’s Death With Dignity Law, Associated Press reported.
Maynard, who had brain cancer, died peacefully in her bedroom Saturday “in the arms of her loved ones,” Sean Crowley, a spokesman for the advocacy group Compassion & Choices, was quoted as saying.
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.”
Weeks ago, Maynard had said she might use the lethal drugs Nov. 1, just a couple weeks short of her 30th birthday. Last week, she said she might delay the day.
But she went ahead with her original plan.
Before dying, Maynard tried to live life as fully as she could. She and her husband, Dan Diaz, took a trip to the Grand Canyon last month — fulfilling a wish on Maynard’s “bucket list”, AP noted.
Maynard has been in the spotlight for a month since publicizing that she and her husband had moved to Oregon from California so that she could take advantage of this state’s Death With Dignity Law.
The law allows terminally ill patients to end their lives with lethal drugs prescribed by a doctor.
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