A 29-year-old woman diagnosed with terminal brain cancer finally lived by her pledge that she made about a month ago and took her own life on Saturday. She would have celebrated her 30th birthday on November 19.
Brittany Maynard chose to ‘die with dignity’ by taking lethal drugs that were legal in Oregon.
“She died as she intended — peacefully in her bedroom, in the arms of her loved ones,” Sean Crowley, a spokesperson for the advocacy group Compassion & Choices, said.
She and her family had shifted to Oregon state as it allows terminally ill patients to end their lives under the ‘Death with Dignity’ law.
About a month ago, Maynard had made the headlines when she had announced to give up her own life before the symptoms of her fatal brain cancer became too severe and her condition deteriorates badly.
She had initially planned to die on November 1 shortly after celebrating the birthday of her husband Dan Diaz. But she later decided to entertain her right to change the date.
Northern California-based Maynard had moved to Portland along with her family to take advantage of the Oregon law.
According to closed sources, Maynard was in great suffering and she didn’t want to see her failing in life. She had longer and increasingly frequent seizures, severe headaches, neck pain and stroke-like symptoms.
“As symptoms grew more severe, Maynard chose to shorten the dying process by taking the aid-in-dying medication she had received months ago,” Crowley said.
The case drew much attention from the media because of the controversial nature of the case that has physician-assisted suicide.
Only five US states, including Washington, Vermont, Oregon, New Mexico and Montana allow people suffering from fatal disease to seek aid in ending their lives.