Beloved science fiction and fantasy writer Terry Pratchett has terminal early-onset Alzheimer's. He's determined to have the option of choosing the time and place of his death, rather than enduring the potentially horrific drawn-out death that Alzheimer's sometimes brings. But Britain bans assisted suicide, and Pratchett is campaigning to have the law changed. As part of this, he has visited Switzerland's Dignitas clinic, an assisted suicide facility, with a BBC camera crew, as part of a documentary will include Britain's first televised suicide. Pratchett took home Dignitas's assisted suicide consent forms.
He said: "The only thing stopping me [signing them] is that I have made this film and I have a bloody book to finish."
Sir Terry Pratchett begins process that could lead to assisted suicide
But he stressed that he was as yet still undecided whether he would eventually take his own life.
He said he changed his mind "every two minutes" but added that if he did choose to die would prefer to do so in England and in the sunshine.
Sir Terry, creator of the Discworld novels, was 60 when he was diagnosed with terminal condition and has since campaigned passionately for a change in the law to allow assisted suicide in Britain.
(Thanks, Fipi Lele!
(Image: Terry Pratchett, Powell's, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from firepile's photostream)
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