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Voluntary Assisted Dying

by | Mar 21, 2024 | Health | 0 comments

A woman who had connections to the Northern Tablelands region has been the first person to die by Voluntary Assisted Dying in NSW.

In an item in the Northern Daily Leader, Lola Hope Dickson, who passed away on the 8th of February, spent almost 10 years suffering from heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary lung disease.

Mrs Dickson was born in Guyra in 1933 and grew up in Tingha before moving to Redfern in 1949.

Daughter Lorraine Doyle’s last memory of her 90-year-old mother is “helping set her free” from pain adding one of her last requests was to tell others of her story and her peaceful, dignified ending.

Voluntary Assisted Dying became legal in NSW on November 28, last year for eligible people who must have an advanced and progressive disease, illness, or medical condition that is expected to cause their death within six months or 12 months for neurodegenerative diseases like motor neurone disease.


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