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01 December 2023

Ex-Dubai club manager pleads for death

By Staff

Former Dubai-based sports club manager and rugby player Tony Nicklinson is asking for death due to locked-in syndrome – also known as Euthanasia.

The locked-in syndrome is a condition in which a person’s body is paralysed but body intact. Nicklinson cannot speak and can only move his head. Nicklinson, who is also writing his memoirs, spends most of his time at a computer he controls by blinking, writing emails and surfing the web.

The 57-year-old Briton – who suffered paralysing stroke nearly seven years ago – has requested Britain’s High Court not to charge any doctor who gives him a lethal injection with his consent. The court will hold its first hearing on the case this week, the USA Today reported.

But under the UK law, anyone helping Nicklinson to carry out his wish to die could be charged with murder and would be awarded life sentence.

In the UAE, Nicklinson headed a sports club that ran rugby events, mixing with elite players and officials. “It was a dream come true for him,” said Nicklinson’s wife Jane.

Jane said she had a blind date with Nicklinson in Dubai. Describing her first meeting, Jane said he was “tall, dark and handsome.

The couple has two daughters who initially disagreed with their father’s choice to die. “It was very upsetting and obviously it’s not what we want, but it’s what he wants and it’s his life,” Jane was quoted as saying by the daily.

Jane, a trained nurse, said Nicklinson could be at risk of another stroke or heart attack since he refused to take any life-prolonging medicine prescribed by the doctors including heart drugs and blood thinners a few years ago, it said.

In a statement to CBS, the British man described his life as "dull, miserable, demeaning, undignified and intolerable" and he wants to end it.