‘I am ready to die to put an end to my mis­ery’

Crohn’s suf­ferer to end her life in as­sisted sui­cide clinic

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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.”

In 2008, she hit cri­sis point when all s so­cial ser­vices help was ha halted. She waswa later of­fered oneo hour’s care a day, de­spite her GP say­ing she need needed 35 hour hours a week. W When the di dis­ease sta started to w worsen, sh she could no longer b bear the in in­creased p phys­i­cal p pain and la last year con­tacted theh Swiss cl clinic.

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