Family of Colombian woman denied right to die calls decision 'disrespectful' and 'illegal'

Denying Martha Sepúlveda a dignified dying used to be a “disrespectful” and “unlawful” resolution.

That’s the opinion of the circle of relatives and the lawyers of Sepúlveda, a 51-year-old Colombian lady, who used to be scheduled to die by way of euthanasia on Sunday morning. Sepúlveda would were the primary affected person in Colombia with out a terminal diagnosis — anticipated to die in six months or much less — allowed to go through euthanasia.

Since 2019, Sepúlveda has suffered from intense ache and has misplaced the facility to stroll with out help because of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a degenerative illness of the worried machine that has effects on the frame’s mobility and is regarded as deadly, regardless that dying might take years.

On Saturday afternoon, an afternoon sooner than the process, a committee of the Colombian Ache Institute (Incodol) issued a observation pronouncing that once reconsideration, they have been canceling the euthanasia scheduled for Sunday morning, declaring that Sepúlveda’s case “does no longer meet the termination standards.”

Sepúlveda’s members of the family lashed out on the resolution.

“This resolution is disrespectful and no longer presentable,” Federico Redondo, Sepúveda’s son, informed journalists on Sunday. “They did the whole lot in secret and didn’t notify that they have been going to fulfill — the attending physician didn’t tell us.”

Redondo mentioned his mom used to be by no means evaluated by way of a scientific committee sooner than reversing the verdict, and the verdict used to be taken with out taking the affected person into consideration.

An “unlawful resolution,” lawyers say

The Financial, Social and Cultural Rights Laboratory (DescLab), the criminal crew representing Sepúlveda, rejected the facilities’ reversal.

“They are saying that Martha does no longer have a terminal sickness. This is an unlawful and arbitrary resolution,” the legal professionals mentioned. “The battle (of Sepúlveda) to take regulate continues.”

“By way of canceling the process and critical a terminal prognosis,” the gang mentioned, “IPS Indocol violated Martha’s basic proper to a dignified dying, violated her proper to a dignified existence.”

The girl, her lawyers mentioned, complies with the criminal necessities to request euthanasia: She suffers from a major and incurable illness, says that she is struggling and has expressly mentioned that she needs to die.

Sepúlveda has mentioned in earlier interviews that she used to be “satisfied” and “calm” to finish her existence.

“God does no longer need to see me endure,” Sepúlveda, who’s Catholic, mentioned, arguing that, on account of her worsening situation, “the most efficient factor that may occur to me is to relaxation.”

Colombia used to be the primary nation in Latin The usa to decriminalize euthanasia, in 1997, and it is among the few on this planet the place the process is criminal. However till this yr, it used to be best allowed in circumstances the place the diagnosis is terminal —  a existence expectancy of six months or much less.

On July 22, the Colombian Constitutional Court docket expanded the correct, permitting the process “each time the affected person suffers intense bodily or psychological struggling.”

An previous model of this tale used to be at the start printed in Noticias Telemundo.

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