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The end was dignified and calm, just as Richard wanted; Wife on Brit's Dignitas death.

Byline: stephen white

A MOTOR neurone disease patient took his own life at a Swiss clinic yesterday, with a final plea to MPs to change the UK law on assisted dying.

Richard Selley, 65, called on politicians to allow other people in his position to end their lives at home on their own terms.

His wife, Elaine, said: "The end was dignified and calm, exactly as Richard wanted. He had taken control of his own destiny."

Retired head teacher Richard travelled to Dignitas in Zurich with Elaine. He died half an hour after taking a cocktail of drugs.

Before his death, he said: "I think the momentum for a change in the law is growing.

"It will be too late for me, but I hope that some time soon people in my position will have the choice to have a peaceful death at a time of their choosing."

Elaine, who has five children with Richard, said: "Richard died very peacefully. His brother Peter and I were at his side. We could feel all the love that has been shared with us over the years. I was inspired by Richard. I will continue to fight for the right of those who are terminally ill to choose how and when they die."

Earlier this week, Richard said he could have spent more time with his family if assisted dying was lawful in the UK.

But he had to travel to Dignitas while still physically capable as patients have to administer the drugs themselves. Green MSP Patrick Harvie said: "Most people can see the injustice in the current situation, which gives choice and control only to those with the money to pay to travel abroad.

"Even then, the timing of their decision can be dictated by when they may lose the ability to travel."

Richard, of Glenalmond, Perthshire, was diagnosed with MND in 2015. He was left unable to speak or swallow.

s.white@mirror.co.uk @StephenWhite278

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Date:Sep 7, 2019
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