Monday, March 17, 2008

France rejects right-to-die plea

A French woman suffering from a rare form of cancer is unable to receive medically assisted suicide, despite liberalized legislation governing euthanasia.

"The case of Ms Sebire has however sparked intense debate and sympathy.

She suffers from an extremely rare form of cancer in the nasal cavity known as an esthesioneuroblastoma. Only 200 cases of the disease have been recorded worldwide in the past two decades.

Appealing on French television last month for the right to die, Ms Sebire said she could no longer see properly, taste or smell. She described how children ran away from her in the street."

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