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Richard Selley Wiki terminally ill British headteacher ended his life in a ‘calm way’ at Dignitas in Switzerland today with his family by his side. Richard Selley, from Perth in Scotland, was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) just four years ago in 2015. The 65-year-old paid around £10,000 and died at lunchtime with wife Elaine and brother Peter at his bedside.
Today Richard Selley will end his life at Dignitas in Zurich after a 4 year battle with MND. His wife Elaine will be at his side. He’s campaigned for Assisted Dying laws in Scotland. I interviewed the couple at their home before he made his final journey. https://t.co/ckoM5HmiYM
— Fiona Stalker (@Fionasstalker) September 6, 2019
Mrs. Richard Selley this afternoon wrote on her family’s blog Moments with MND that her husband’s ‘end was dignified and calm, exactly as Richard wanted.
Final words of British ex-headteacher before flying to Dignitas to die today
Richard Selley, 65, from Perth in Scotland, has paid in the region of £10,000 to end his life after years of suffering from motor neuron disease
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He was 65 years old
Why Richard Selley travel to Zurich to end his life
Richard Selley is travelling to Switzerland to end his life after a four-year battle with Motor Neurone Disease.
He has been campaigning for reform on current assisted dying laws in Scotland.
Richard believes that those in his position should be able to choose to die with dignity at home.
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Richard Selley Wife name is Elaine and she is 57 years old
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Mrs. Richard said: ‘At Dignitas, in a clinically clean room, well-appointed but devoid of any personal touches, we could feel all the love that has been shared with us over the years.
Brave Richard Selley dies at Dignitas today. It’s appalling he couldn’t have this choice at home.
“It will be too late for me, but I hope that sometime soon people in my position will have the choice to have a peaceful death at a time of their choosing.”https://t.co/2Xk5g2OBOB
— Sarah Wootton (@sarah_wootton) September 6, 2019
‘The end was dignified and calm, exactly as Richard wanted. He had taken control of his own destiny.’
She Selley thanked friends and the staff at Dignitas for their ‘exceptional’ work and support over the past few months. She also said that she will ‘continue to fight for the human right of those who are terminally ill to choose how and when they die in Scotland.’
She said: ‘The experience of traveling to Switzerland will never leave me. It was traumatic.
‘No one should ever need to make that journey from a supposedly humane and compassionate country like Scotland.’
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Before his death, Mr. Selley made a final plea to politicians to legalize assisted deaths in the UK.
He said the law change would be ‘too late’ for him but would enable other terminally ill people to ‘die peacefully’.
He said the cost of attending the clinic in Switzerland is about £10,000 which he said he is ‘fortunate’ to be able to afford, unlike other suffer from similar conditions.
Richard Selley is now in Switzerland where he will be assisted to die many miles from his home.
Before he travelled he made this video to show law makers how they are getting it so wrong.
If you agree with Richard, please share his message pic.twitter.com/mCRXt7oUFf
— Dignity in Dying (@dignityindying) September 6, 2019
The ex-headteacher of Loretto junior school in Musselburgh, East Lothian, begged politicians in Scotland and in Westminster to help others facing similar decisions.
He said: ‘Since my diagnosis with MND four years ago, I have lost the ability to walk, talk and swallow. I have also lost most of the power in my arms.
‘Despite these losses I have
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Richard Selley deserved better. No one should have to choose between suffering at home and the long journey to Switzerland.
All dying people deserve better than this.
The law must change. pic.twitter.com/jZSupyFI2n
— Dignity in Dying (@dignityindying) September 6, 2019
‘There needs to be a change in the law that allows people like Richard to die in peace at home, surrounded by family and loved ones.
‘It’s awful to have to go abroad and he’s going early I think. If the law was different in Scotland, he probably would still be with us another few months.’
Mrs. Selley said her husband came to the decision to end his life when he could no longer eat unassisted.
She said: ‘March was the cut-off point for Richard when he couldn’t get a spoon into his mouth for breakfast. At that point, he said ‘I’ve had enough’.’
Richard Selley has argued that a change to the law would have allowed him to spend more time with his family in his final months.https://t.co/tAz6nbC4JH
— The Daily Record (@Daily_Record) September 4, 2019
Mr. Selley has previously said his earliest suspicions that he had MND were triggered by watching The Theory Of Everything, a biopic about the life of Professor Stephen Hawking.
Only three months after seeing the film, he was diagnosed with the terminal illness and his ability to speak, walk and eat began to deteriorate.
The average life expectancy after diagnosis is about 14 months but the former economics teacher has now lived with the illness for years.
Holyrood has twice considered bills aims at introducing assisted suicide, with these having brought forward by independent MSP Margo MacDonald, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease and died in 2014.
Green MSP Patrick Harvie also brought forward a bill on the same subject after her death.
However, these both failed to get enough support to proceed through the Scottish Parliament.