A Frenchman affected by a uncommon and incurable situation is livestreaming his death on social media as he refuses to take meals, drink or medication after President Emmanuel Macron turned down his request for euthanasia.
Alain Cocq, 57, who has been affected by a degenerative illness for 34 years, has stated he would livestream his death on Facebook from Saturday morning.
“So I’ve completed my final meal … I drink to your well being one final time. The highway to deliverance begins and, imagine me, I’m blissful,” Cocq stated in a video posted on Friday night time and shot from his medicalized mattress at his dwelling in Dijon, jap France.
“I’ve made up my thoughts and I’m at peace,” he added.
He had written to Emmanuel Macron asking to be given a sedative to permit him to die in peace however the president wrote again to him explaining this was not allowed underneath French legislation.
France’s neighbors Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands have adopted legal guidelines that permit medically-assisted dying in some circumstances. But France has resisted that step, partially underneath strain from the Catholic Church.
“Because I’m not above the legislation, I’m not ready to comply together with your request,” Macron stated in a letter to Cocq, which the Frenchman revealed on his Facebook web page.
“Your want is to request energetic help in dying which isn’t at the moment permitted in our nation,” stated Macron.
The Claeys-Leonetti legislation on the top of life, adopted in 2016, authorizes deep sedation however just for folks whose prognosis is threatened within the brief time period.
Cocq has known as for a change to French legislation to permit medically-assisted dying in circumstances comparable to his.
He was fed by a drip and his digestive system related to a colostomy bag. His situation has precipitated mind aneurysms, and he experiences convulsions if he doesn’t take his medication. He has stated he experiences fixed ache.
Macron added a handwritten postscript to his letter, saying: “With all my private assist and profound respect.”