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Woman ends 'right to die' food protest
The Telegraph ^ | 8/18/05 | Richard Savill

Posted on 08/18/2005 1:26:58 PM PDT by Former Fetus

Woman ends 'right to die' food protest
By Richard Savill
(Filed: 13/08/2005)

A 28-year-old terminally ill woman who went on hunger strike as an act of voluntary euthanasia has ended her protest after 19 days because of intense pain.

Kelly Taylor had waited nearly 10 years for a heart and lung transplant, but was taken off the list two years ago after doctors told her the risks were too high.

She began her protest because she believed starvation was the only method of death that would not leave her husband, Richard, liable to prosecution for assisted suicide.

Her plight attracted letters of sympathy from across the country, many of which were in support of her campaign for the legalisation of euthanasia, and her right to die in the manner she chose.

When she announced her intention to starve herself to death, Mrs Kelly, of Stapleton, Bristol, said her life had become so restricted that she felt she could no longer make any contribution to society.

"It just felt like the right time to do something about my life and because there was no law to help me to die, I thought I would have to help myself."

Mrs Kelly ended her protest on Thursday night by eating a small amount of apple-puree baby food.

She told the Bristol Evening Post: "It has become too uncomfortable and I would not wish what I have been going through on my worst enemy.

"I feel disappointed in myself. I really wanted to die and that seemed to be my only option. I regret that I have to stop what I am doing because I still want to die. But starvation, as it turns out, is very undignified."

She added: "My decision has not been taken lightly. I have got to get this law changed, one way or another."

Mrs Kelly was born with a congenital heart condition known as Eisenmenger Syndrome. Although not technically a terminal illness, the condition can progressively get worse with age and affect the patient's mobility.

She needs pure oxygen and cannot walk more than a few steps without collapsing.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: euthanasia; loons; pimping4terri; righttodie; schiavo; starvation; terrinuts; terrischiavo
So much for Felos' claims that Terri looked peaceful and beautiful!
1 posted on 08/18/2005 1:27:00 PM PDT by Former Fetus
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To: Former Fetus
...has ended her protest after 19 days because of intense pain.

But, but but ??!??

2 posted on 08/18/2005 1:28:42 PM PDT by steveo (Member: Fathers Against Rude Television)
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To: Former Fetus
She told the Bristol Evening Post: "It has become too uncomfortable and I would not wish what I have been going through on my worst enemy.

"I feel disappointed in myself. I really wanted to die and that seemed to be my only option. I regret that I have to stop what I am doing because I still want to die. But starvation, as it turns out, is very undignified."

But, but...starvation is a euphoric way to die, right?

3 posted on 08/18/2005 1:29:27 PM PDT by The Phantom FReeper (So? People in Hell want ice water.)
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To: Former Fetus

Ahhhh, but to a necrophiliac, she did look beautiful!


4 posted on 08/18/2005 1:29:48 PM PDT by BB2
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To: Former Fetus
who went on hunger strike as an act of voluntary euthanasia has ended her protest after 19 days

If I don't eat for 19 hours, I'm downright cranky.
5 posted on 08/18/2005 1:30:35 PM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.)
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To: Former Fetus

All my hunger strikes last under an hour.


6 posted on 08/18/2005 1:30:41 PM PDT by Skooz ("Political Correctness is the handmaiden of terrorism" - Michelle Malkin)
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To: Former Fetus
Kelly Taylor had waited nearly 10 years for a heart and lung transplant, but was taken off the list two years ago after doctors told her the risks were too high.

I'm wondering if Kelly thought it was worth the risk. 28 is much too young to have to suffer like this. My guess is she would have taken the risk.
7 posted on 08/18/2005 1:31:31 PM PDT by Millee (Earth First! We'll log the other planets later!)
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To: Former Fetus

Poor woman, I do hope someone can make her comfortable.


8 posted on 08/18/2005 1:32:09 PM PDT by msnimje
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To: Former Fetus
I would not wish what I have been going through on my worst enemy.

Aw, too bad.... maybe if they'd put a stuffed animal under her arm, it would've helped.

(/sarc)

9 posted on 08/18/2005 1:32:14 PM PDT by workerbee (A person's a person no matter how small)
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To: Former Fetus
"It has become too uncomfortable and I would not wish what I have been going through on my worst enemy.

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And this was "only" the starvation part. She did not dehydrate herself, as it was done to Terri Schiavo.

10 posted on 08/18/2005 1:38:16 PM PDT by QQQQQ
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To: Former Fetus
"I still want to die. But starvation, as it turns out, is very undignified."
11 posted on 08/18/2005 1:39:46 PM PDT by QQQQQ
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To: Former Fetus

chicken sh*t.


12 posted on 08/18/2005 1:41:33 PM PDT by Jaysun (Democrats: We must become more effective at fooling people.)
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To: Former Fetus

I guess she really wasn't serious about dying, eh?


13 posted on 08/18/2005 1:44:26 PM PDT by Lunkhead_01
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To: Former Fetus
She told the Bristol Evening Post: "It has become too uncomfortable and I would not wish what I have been going through on my worst enemy.

I once went a mere 30 hours without water and was absolutely miserable. That's why I kept challenging the pro-starvation posters to try going 2 days without water and then see if they still felt the same way. Obviously no takers or they would have had to revise some of their thinking.

14 posted on 08/18/2005 1:51:17 PM PDT by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: Former Fetus

She's just married to the wrong man.


15 posted on 08/18/2005 1:55:46 PM PDT by Famishus (Riding my bicycle in the piscatorial parade.)
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To: Former Fetus

Putting this one in my ping list, thanks. Saving it for later.


16 posted on 08/18/2005 1:57:44 PM PDT by whenigettime (what, 19 days without food? Miserable? hmmmmmm ya think!?!?)
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To: Former Fetus

Why didnt she take her oxygen bottle and run around the block, then take it off, That should have done it.


17 posted on 08/18/2005 1:58:33 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: Former Fetus

Somebody give that lady a gun.


18 posted on 08/18/2005 2:03:41 PM PDT by thoughtomator (Just call me Mr. Zero Diversity Points!)
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To: Former Fetus

It just felt like the right time to do something about my life and because there was no law to help me to die I know this is not going to go over well with most of you,but I believe that after the doctors have given up on a patient,you should have the option to end your own life.I will gladly accept any and all comments regarding this issue.


19 posted on 08/18/2005 2:07:12 PM PDT by wolfcreek
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To: Millee

Britain. Government "health." Yippee.


20 posted on 08/18/2005 2:08:21 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Officially around the bend, at least for now.)
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To: trebb
I once went a mere 30 hours without water and was absolutely miserable.

Agreed - I was in the hospital facing possible surgery, so I couldn't have any food or water for almost 48 hours. Even though I was connected to an IV, my blood pressure dropped to nearly nothing and the thirst was unbelievable!!

I still want Felos to prove how "wonderful" dehydration is by sacrificing himself - and let us all watch his euphoria!! Anyone wanna bet that if Felos was facing a catastrophic illness he'd be the last one to commit suicide. Most of those pushing euthinasia for others are cowards when it comes to them.

21 posted on 08/18/2005 2:12:16 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (Well... There you go again!)
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To: Former Fetus

Too bad Snotty Peterson and BTK killer can't be forced to donate organs! They so obviously don't use their brains, or their hearts -- if they have a heart!


22 posted on 08/18/2005 2:12:49 PM PDT by buffyt (America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people. Pres. George Bush)
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To: KosmicKitty

My 85 year old father in law was allowed to die Aug. 1 after a 2.5 week coma. We gave him oxygen till the very end and had he opened his eyes we would have allowed him drink! He never woke up. He was ready to go, to join his late wife. But we didn't keep water from him until he no longer opened his eyes and was in deep deep coma for two weeks already. And he had oxygen until the very end.


23 posted on 08/18/2005 2:14:42 PM PDT by buffyt (America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people. Pres. George Bush)
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To: KosmicKitty
Mine was for a surgery too - they kept postponing it and never allowed me to hydrate until after - it's amazing how hard and dry one's tongue can get!

God Bless

24 posted on 08/18/2005 2:24:33 PM PDT by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: Former Fetus

"Woman ends 'right to die' food protest"

What. . .she decided to take a break and go out for a burger and fries?


25 posted on 08/18/2005 3:23:37 PM PDT by Gunrunner2
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To: wolfcreek

What. . .confusing post. . .are you saying you tried to kill yourself. . .but only was stopped because of words written in a law book?

By the way. . .new to FR are you?


26 posted on 08/18/2005 3:27:56 PM PDT by Gunrunner2
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To: Former Fetus

Gas stove, maybe? I gather that with catalytic converters, car exhaust isn't quite as effective as it used to be.


27 posted on 08/18/2005 3:36:00 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: QQQQQ

"And this was "only" the starvation part. She did not dehydrate herself, as it was done to Terri Schiavo."

The dehydration part is what makes it supposely painless. You screw up the electrolyte balance and the nervous system is supposed to shut down, more or less. In hot weather or in the desert, it can take less than 12 hours. In an airconditioned hospital room, I guess 14 days is about right.


28 posted on 08/18/2005 7:39:48 PM PDT by Old Student (WRM, MSgt, USAF (Ret.))
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