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Watching dad suffer confirmed everything I knew about VAD

When Dad died, writes Susan, I was relieved his suffering was over. Had Voluntary Assisted Dying been legal in NSW, his end of life could have been totally different.

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We can make our deaths so much better

Amahl Haradasa died cruelly of motor neurone disease in 2019. His wife Emma says NSW must pass the voluntary assisted dying law. "Many of us, who have seen just how bad death can be, don’t want to leave it up to chance.”

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‘I’m sorry to go this way’

Desperately ill with three kinds of cancer and without access to a voluntary assisted dying law, Ken Dickson saw no way to end his suffering other than to take his own life. "What he went through at the end was horrific."

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She was not treated humanely

Doctors assured Maryanne Platt that palliative care would ease her mother Philomena’s suffering form an enlarged heart and dysphagia, a difficulty swallowing. Instead she died slowly and painfully over 17 days. 

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He begged me to help him take his life

When Scone man Ray Philpott's lung cancer spread, the pain became unbearable. His daughter Angela says: "I cannot speak highly enough of the care we received from palliative care but ultimately it wasn’t enough".

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There was only pain, there was nothing more to look forward to

My husband Bruce died in February. He should have died at Christmas-time because that was what he wished. He had no choice because in NSW there is currently no law for voluntary assisted dying.

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It is Venessa's time to have a voice

I am a senior pain specialist. I lost my wife three years ago. At the age of 42 and after living with leukaemia for 14 years she was dying and took her own life one day when I went to work. 

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'Don't make people suffer'

"It was so hard to watch a man who had so much dignity, die without it," says Sydney woman Donna Adolfson of her husband Mark's death at the age of 61..

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What I witnessed should never have been allowed to happen to any human being

After witnessing her mother Leonie's death from pancreatic cancer, Amanda Leach is calling on NSW MPs to show compassion and commonsense and pass the Voluntary Assisted Dying law.

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I want to decide for myself

Bruce Fox wants to avoid a painful end of life. "It's about quality not quantity. In case it's as unbearable as I suspect it will be, I want the choice to avoid the worst of it."

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