First non-terminally ill patient dies by euthanasia in Colombia – MercoPress

First non-terminally ill patient dies by euthanasia in Colombia

Monday, January 10, 2022 – 09:09 UTC

Escobar died in Cali wearing his football team’s jersey

Víctor Escobar, 60, has become the first non-terminally ill Colombian patient to die by euthanasia, after a legal battle lasting more than two years. He suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which made it impossible for him to breathe on his own.

Gradually everyone’s turn arrives, so I don’t say goodbye until later. And little by little we will find ourselves where God has us, ??? Catholic Escobar reflected in a video sent to media before he died in the town of Cali under medical assistance.

At 24, Escobar suffered a serious traffic accident while working in freight transport, which led to him undergoing several surgeries to regain his mobility and therapy to regain his memory. In 2007 and 2008, he suffered two brain hemorrhages and his health has deteriorated over the past 15 years due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), mobility difficulties, diabetes, hypertension and heart problems.

In June 2021, the Health Promotion Entity (EPS) denied Escobar the right to euthanasia after determining that his illnesses were not terminal. But, four months after the EPS statement, a decision of the Constitutional Court opened a new opportunity for Escobar to continue his legal fight.

Escobar then took advantage of the notoriety his business had gained over a job for his partner for the past 15 years and also announced that he would donate his organs while making one final request: to die in his team’s jersey. favorite football: Deportivo Cali.

In October last year, a plenum of the Constitutional Court approved decriminalization to guarantee “the right to a dignified death due to bodily injury or serious and incurable illness”. thus voting against Colombian criminal law imposing between 16 and 54 months in prison for those who cause death to put an end to intense suffering. According to the new decision, euthanasia is legal provided it is performed by a doctor and with free and informed consent.

Another high-profile euthanasia case in Colombia is that of Martha Sepúlveda, who was to be the first non-terminal patient to receive it, but just hours before the procedure, the Colombian Pain Institute (Incodol) decided to l ‘cancel because a new scientific committee determined that it did not meet the criteria for termination.

Despite this, a judge in Medellín accepted the Sepúlveda case. ?? Martha is going to make the decision on the date to perform the procedure, ?? his lawyer Lucas Correa told Radio Caracol. ?? It is a decision that she will make with her family in a private and accompanied way. ??

Sepúlveda is 51 years old and three years ago she was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which prevents her from moving on her own, causing her excruciating pain.

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