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Paralysed man gets green light for assisted suicide

46-year-old has been unable to move for 18 years

(ANSA) - ROME, MAY 19 - Fabio Ridolfi, a paralysed man who can only move his eyes and has been bedridden for 18 years due to an irreversible condition, has been given permission for medically assisted suicide by the Marche regional ethics committee, the right-to-die Luca Coscioni association said on Thursday.
    It said the committee had given the green light on the basis of the precedent established by the case of DJ Fabo, a tetraplegic disk jockey who was helped to commit suicide in a Swiss clinic by right-to-die activist Marco Cappato, a leading member of the Coscioni association, in 2017.
    In a landmark sentence, the Constitutional Court cleared Cappato, saying assisted suicide could be legitimate in some cases if the person wanting to die was in intolerable suffering.
    The court also called on parliament to pass legislation dealing with end-of-life issues, something that it has failed to do so far.
    In February the same court rejected a petition to stage a referendum on legalising euthanasia.
    It said that, if the referendum were approved, "the Constitutionally necessary minimum protection of human life would not be preserved". It referred specifically to the vulnerable.
    Ridolfi, 46, had made an appeal to the Italian State to help him commit assisted suicide on Wednesday, 16 years after he made his first vain appeal on TV in 2006.
    The Luca Coscioni association said the decision by the ethics committee was made on April 8 but Ridolfi was only notified of it after making the appeal.
    It said the committee had not given indications about the method of assisted suicide or the drug that should be used.
    Ridolfi is the second person to get the green light for assisted suicide in Marche after the DJ Fabo precedent.
    The other person is a 44-year-old tetraplegic man, known only by his first name Mario, who was given permission to use a barbiturate drug called Tiopentone to end his life. (ANSA).
   

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