Crohn’s sufferer on ending life at Swiss clinic: Government cuts denied me care so I’ve chosen to die

Wracked with pain, and after eight years on morphine, Marie Lopez has finally chosen death over a life blighted by illness and cruel spending cuts.

This once vibrant businesswoman has spent her every last penny paying for her own care after social services left her to suffer in agony.

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.

For decades Marie, 54, has ­battled Crohn’s disease , a crippling and incurable condition that ­attacks the digestive system. Then, almost 10 years ago, the 38 hours a week of social care that made her life bearable was cut back entirely, forcing Marie to fund it herself.

Now she has decided she can ­endure no more. And she blames ­Government cuts for her decision to die at the Lifecircle Clinic in Basel.

The former City analyst says: “I have not taken this decision lightly. I am ready to die to put an end to my misery. Crohn’s might not be terminal but, believe me, it kills at a slow pace.

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One thought on “Crohn’s sufferer on ending life at Swiss clinic: Government cuts denied me care so I’ve chosen to die

  1. £10000 is a lot of money and a lot of desperation! I’m guessing many poor sick and disabled folks don’t have access to borrowing that kind of money to ‘off’ themselves. Most have to make do with a half baked plan of random tablets, and/or throwing themselves under a speeding bus or truck. The latter plan might be a doozy with the chance of killing three birds with one stone, in getting rid of a drain on society, raising the issue of S+D people who are now left to ‘go fish’ instead of getting the care and money they need for a decent dignified life and encourage drivers to slow down! Be a shame if the plan backfired and the person was just horridly injured, coz that’s an expense the country doesn’t need hey?
    Seriously though, don’t imagine that this very poorly lady is the only one who has a back up plan for when our country fails them and they can no longer cope. The way S+D people are targeted to pay down the deficit has left too many without hope of having a livable life and hope is essential. If hope is a speeding truck, then drivers beware! We are constantly told we can’t afford old people, (many are now left without the care they need) or Sick or disabled people if they wont work. They have no value, yet where is the funding for researchers to come up with cures? I fear what little there is, is likely disappearing with our EU Membership. If we don’t want people to become long term dependent (and suffer), then surely we can’t just deny the problem, (using at great expense the likes of Maximus, ATOS and Capita) we need to start facing the many conditions that continue to baffle medical science and find answers and, in the mean time, surely a civilised country provides for those in need?

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