A 46-year-old medical doctor with over 20 years experience is calling on the minister of health to help end his life with a deadly injection, Pretoria East Rekord reports.
Dr Sidney Essien said nothing could be worse than the unimaginable and inhumane treatment he had received from the department of health in Gauteng for the past few years. Not even death, he said.
He wrote a letter to the office of the health minister requesting that a lethal drug be administered to him, to end “his long suffering”.
In his letter, Essien described how he had been denied the right to health services by the department.
“As a South African citizen living with a progressive, irreversible, crippling neuro disability, I was denied support and rehabilitation.”
He accused the department of undermining his right to life and dignity. Essien said for the past two days he had been sleeping at different filling stations after his wife kicked him out. He said his children had also disowned him.
He believes ending his life with a lethal injection would solve his misery.
“It has become obvious that your office has absolutely NO respect whatsoever for my life, dignity, pain, humiliation, suffering and/or torture. I hereby note with regret, that I can no longer endure this state of mockery, torture, starvation, pain and dehumanisation to which I have been unfairly, intentionally, persistently and unlawfully subjected since 2013, in the absence of any formal charge of misconduct, negligence or crime.”
But according to South African law, assisted suicide is illegal. Last year, Pretoria High Court Judge Hans-Joachim Fabricius ruled that a 65-year-old advocate, Robin Stransham-Ford, could be assisted in ending his life by a medical doctor.
At the time the judge indicated that his ruling would not set a precedent for similar cases.
The department of health hasn’t replied to Dr Essien’s request.
– Caxton News Service.