Alain Cocq announces on Facebook that he has stopped his treatment

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Alain Cocq announces on Facebook that he has stopped his treatment


Affected by an orphan disease for 34 years, Alain Cocq announced to see his last meal and will stop eating and hydrating, Emmanuel Macron not having allowed him to benefit from medical aid in dying


Alain Cocq was unable to benefit from medical assistance in dying


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Alain Cocq was unable to benefit from medical assistance in dying


END OF LIFE – Affected by an orphan disease for 34 years, Alain Cocq announced to see his last meal and will stop eating and hydrating himself, Emmanuel Macron not having authorized him to benefit from medical aid to pass away He took this decision “calmly”. The “dignified” end-of-life activist, Alain Cocq, suffering from an incurable disease, announced, in the night of Friday to Saturday live on Facebook, to have stopped his treatment, all food and hydration, thus letting himself die.

“The road to deliverance begins and, believe me, I am happy,” said Alain Cocq live on his Facebook account, shortly after midnight, announcing that he had “finished his last meal” and ceased all hydration and everything. treatment. “I know that the days ahead are going to be difficult but I have made my decision and I am calm,” he added.

“Not a suicide”

“It is not a suicide”, specifies the patient, recalling that he is Catholic. “I am in the situation provided for by law where a patient can stop his treatment,” he explains, saying that in these cases death follows “within two to five or even seven days”. “Me, with my condition, it may be fast.”

“It will be very hard but it will not be too much compared to everything I have experienced”, continues Alain Cocq from the medical bed installed at his home and which he can no longer leave. Handing a plastic cup to the camera, he then throws out a final word: “There you go, friends, I’ll have one last drink to your health”, before concluding his very poignant message with a “so is life. Goodbye “.

Macron’s refusal

Alain Cocq had shortly before suffered a refusal from President Emmanuel Macron to help him die by authorizing an assisted suicide. “Your wish is to seek active assistance in dying which is not currently permitted in our country”, wrote Mr. Macron in response to Alain Cocq’s request to authorize a doctor to prescribe a barbiturate for him, “On a compassionate basis”, so that he can “leave in peace”.

The Claeys-Léonetti law on the end of life, adopted in 2016, authorizes deep sedation but only for people whose vital prognosis is “in the short term”.

But Mr. Cocq, even if he says he is “in the final phase for 34 years” because of a very painful degenerative disease, can not prove that his end of life is approaching in the short term. The death activist “with dignity”, who has made several tours of Europe in a wheelchair to plead his case, has therefore implemented his decision to “say stop”, as he recently explained to the AFP.

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