‘I am ready to die to put an end to my misery’
Crohn’s sufferer to end her life in assisted suicide clinic
Marie Lopez, a once vibrant businesswoman, has spent every last penny paying for her own care after social services left her to suffer from Crohn’s disease – a crippling and incurable condition.
Now she is using her last £10,000 to buy an end to her ordeal at an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland, even though she is not dying.
Almost 10 years ago, the 38 hours a week of social care was cut back entirely, forcing the Crohn’s rohn’s sufferer to fund it herself.
Now she has decided she can endureure no more and blames government cuts for her decision to die at the Lifecircle rcle Clinic, in Basel.
The former r City analyst, who was diagnosed agnosed in her teens, says: ys: “I have not taken thisis decision lightly. I am ready to die to put an end to my misery. Crohn’s hn’s might not be terminal but, ut, believe me, it kills at a sloww pace.
“You wouldn’t keep an animal alive in the state I amm in. I spend my life in a constant state of severe lethargy, exhausted and unable to carry out even basic chores.
“I live in complete social isolation. I’m lonely.
“If the authorities listened to what I’m going through, perhaps they would have given me the help I needed in the first place and maybe this would not be happening.”
Marie claims she has been denied vital care, despite repeated pleas from experts to Buckinghamshire Social Services.
She hopes that after she dies they will be held to account for their actions.
Lifecircle Clinic doctors agreed to register her after she made a heartbreaking plea, stating that her disease was “incurable and progressive” and her life was no longer worth living.
Marie’s tale bears a harrowing likeness to Ken Loach’s award-winning film I, Daniel Blake, in which an injured carpenter has to rely on welfare.
When he heard of Marie’s plight, director Loach told the Sunday Mirror: “So many people have been treated with great cruelty by the DWP (Department for Work and Pensions). It’s not surprising to hear of one more.
“Everyone’s heart should go out to anyone contending with both a debilitating illness and a brutal bureaucracy”.
Marie, whose own specialist warned she could become “acutely suicidal” without properprope care, adds: “The cuts area killing people and I do not want anyone else to s suffer the way I have.”
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