Assisted dying: Australian cancer patient first to use new law

_108191097_kerry_chemo_round_1-1Source: BBC News

An Australian woman with terminal cancer has become the first person to end their life under new assisted dying laws, a charity says.

Kerry Robertson, 61, died at a nursing home in the state of Victoria in July.

She was granted permission to use the controversial legislation – which exists only in Victoria but is being considered in other states – after a 26-day approval process.

Her family said she was able to have “the empowered death that she wanted”.

Ms Robertson was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, and it later spread to her bones, lungs, brain and liver.

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Categories: Australia, Cancer, Health

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