On Monday, March 17, the French court had rejected the plea of 52 year old Chantal Sebire, who is a former school teacher and a mother of three. Since France has no laws regarding euthanasia, Sebire’s plea was denied. Because of the rare cancer, Sebire explains that she had been left blind and suffering with intense pain.
However, the cancer has left her face severely disfigured. The rejection was in regards to the upholding a law that prevents doctors practicing in France to end a person’s life. Sebire is one of the 200 rare cases of those afflicted with the rare cancer recorded in the last two decades.
Sebire said that asides from being blind, she has lot her ability to taste and smell. She added that children run away from her while she’s walking on the street. In regards to the rejection of the plea, Sebire was playing to go to Switzerland, where euthanasia is legal.
In the wake of the rejection, this case has sparked the fires of debate.
Sarah Wootton, who is part of the euthanasia advocacy group called Dignity in Dying said: “It is simply wrong that terminally ill people not just in France, but also in the UK, who are suffering unbearably are not given the choice to die with dignity.”
However, Chantal Sebire had died. It was only two days ago that her plea was rejected. Still, the cause of death is unknown and is under investigation.