A 42-year-old quadriplegic, stuck in a bed for years after a car accident without being able to move, speak, drink or eat, asked the local health authority to be able to resort to assisted suicide. The request was presented after the Constitutional Court ruling on the case of DJ Fabo. The answer, however, was a rejection. The Luca Coscioni association, which follows the case, has announced a legal action against the ASL.
The 42-year-old reports The print, remained quadriplegic after a serious accident that caused him to fracture his spine. He has always been conscious and now he has decided that going on like this no longer makes sense. He just wants to die, but he would like to avoid relying on the so-called Dat (Advance Treatment Dispositions). In practice, he should refuse medical treatment and begin palliative care pending death. This is the only possibility currently offered by Italian law.
“If he accepted Dat, he would die after enormous suffering and many days of waiting”, underlines Filomena Gallo, lawyer and national secretary of the Luca Coscioni association who is assisting the 42-year-old in the judicial battle. For reasons of confidentiality and protection of the patient, it is not possible to disclose other details about his account. The goal, he explains, is to obtain compliance with what is written in the sentence of the Council which, at the end of 2019, had defined as non-punishable who facilitates the execution of suicide.
The ASL, for its part, reiterates that the Constitutional Court has urged the Parliament to establish through a law the conditions that must exist and the methods for carrying out assisted suicide. Law that is not there yet. “The response of the health management – replies the lawyer Gallo – disavows the ruling of the Council which has the force of law. The policy should accept the requests of citizens, but is often unable to do so and therefore waits for the judges to rule “.