Teenager’s Assisted Suicide Sends Horrible Message That Being Disabled is “A Fate Worse Than Death”

The recent death of 19-year-old Tommy Swales made headlines in the UK. He had been diagnosed with Friedrich’s ataxia – a rare genetic disorder that causes heart disease and a gradual loss of mobility – four years ago. The sudden change in his abilities caused him to become withdrawn, depressed, and isolated.

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Vol. 21

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  Living With Dignity Newsletter

  Vol. 21

A Word from the Director

As the last month of the summer has come to an end, there are many indications that this fall ...

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Teenager, 19, killed himself after fearing he would end up in a wheelchair after rare incurable illness attacked his nervous system

Thomas Swales, 19, had begun to walk with a stoop after contracting Friedreich’s ataxia. However, as his conditioned worsened Thomas - known as Tommy - began getting depressed and his family believe he looked into the possibility of taking his own life at the Swiss assisted suicide clinic Dignitas.

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