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Disabled man fighting for the right to die continues battle

A PARALYSED man fighting for the right to die may take his battle to the European Court of Human Rights.

Paul Lamb, from Leeds, lost his appeal at the Supreme Court last month, though the decision challenged Parliament to take up the issue.

Now the 58-year-old’s legal team are taking steps to take the case to the European Court in Strasbourg.

“I feel strongly that I want to fight this with everything I’ve got,” he said.

Mr Lamb, from Bramley, Leeds, was left quadriplegic following a car accident in 1990.

He took his case, which calls for a change in the law so medical workers can help people to end their lives if they are physically unable to themselves, to the Supreme Court after losing a Court of Appeal hearing.

The case was brought with Jane Nicklinson, whose late husband Tony began the challenge. After losing the first round of the battle in the High Court in 2012, the locked-in syndrome sufferer began refusing food and died a week later.

The Supreme Court, the highest court in the country, ruled against Mr Lamb and Mrs Nicklinson but said the court does have the “constitutional authority” to intervene in the debate – which challenges Parliament to re-examine the issue.

Mr Lamb added that they were now looking for funding to pursue the case in Europe.

“However I can, I will fight this,” he said.

 

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