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'Locked-in' sufferer petitioned to live on Twitter

18th June 2012

Twitter users are asking a man with "locked-in syndrome" to reconsider if he wants to end his life.

Tony Nicholson joined the social media site last week and is awaiting the results of a court judgement which will decide whether a doctor can help him end his life. Some of his 14,000 followers have been asking him to change his mind. In response he wrote: "People want to know if I will change my mind because of Twitter. Let's hear the judgement first and maybe I'll tell you." 


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Ronna Garrod

Monday 18th June 2012 @ 21:22

I was moved by Tony's documentary and can only imagine that he feels he has lost control of his life and no longer can live a full life as he once knew. I wander if he joined disabled groups that engage in sports that provide a thrill whether he would re ignite some of his passion for life. He is a clever and articulate man for whom i am sure has much knowledge to share. This would help him focus on what he can do rather than what he cannot. Easy words for me I know who has not lost independance or dignity. I appreciate having the choice to die is important. Good luck.

Sally Oliver

Tuesday 19th June 2012 @ 23:53

I hope the judge on this case considers the fact that there is a natural time which medical intervention may succeed in altering. If Tony was living in a country with minimal health care the drugs and equipment he requires to keep him alive would not be available. No one one should be forced to stay alive due to assisted living and technology. If the person would die in unassisted circumstances how do you square Gods wishes when a medic overrides the natural time of death.

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