Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Judge Grants Woman with ALS Right to a Doctor-Assisted Death

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Judge Grants Woman with ALS Right to a Doctor-Assisted Death

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Judge grants woman right to assisted death

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WINNIPEG - For the second time, a Manitoba judge has granted a patient the right to die with the help of a doctor.

This time, the patient is living with ALS, a terminal neurodegenerative disease.

The woman, who cannot be named due to a publication ban, has lived with ALS since 2012.

Allison Fenske, one of the woman's lawyers, told the judge the woman's health has rapidly deteriorated recently.

Fenske said her client lives in constant fear of choking to death.

The woman wasn't in court Friday, but her lawyers read a statement from her.

"No one gives you a medal for dying," she wrote. "I will miss my family and friends, but I am completely at peace with the decision I have made to seek out a physician-assisted death. …

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