Man who campaigned for assisted dying dies aged 71 after removing his ventilator

A campaigner who pushed for a change in the law on assisted dying has died aged 71,

Noel Conway died on Wednesday at his home in Garmston, Shropshire, after making a decision to remove his ventilator, it was announced this morning.

A statement from campaign group Dignity in Dying said it was removed to ‘hasten his death’, with support of his family, hospice and nurses managing his ventilation.

In 2018, Mr Conway’s legal fight to die ‘peacefully and with dignity’ was rejected by the Supreme Court.

In a statement, his wife Carol Conway said: ‘Noel died peacefully on the 9th of June 2021.

‘The hospice team, ventilation nurses and all involved were so supportive of Noel, myself and our children.

‘They ensured Noel had a painless and dignified death, demonstrating empathy and concern for us all. Noel was in control, which was so important.

‘However, the uncertainty over how long this would take for Noel and what he might experience presented us all with considerable anxiety.

‘Ultimately, Noel wanted the choice of an assisted death, and I hope his campaigning will bring this option closer to becoming a reality for other terminally ill people in this country.’

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