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British couple die together in euthanasia clinic

Teminally ill couple end their lives at the Dignitas clinic in Zurich

OnMedica Staff

Friday, 06 March 2009

A terminally ill British couple have jointly ended their lives at a voluntary euthanasia clinic in Switzerland.

Peter and Penelope Duff, from Bath, ended their lives at the Dignitas clinic in Zurich last Friday.

Penelope Duff, 70, had been fighting a rare cancer, GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumour), since 1992, while Peter Duff, 80, had colon cancer that had spread to his liver.

Their daughter Helena Conibear said her parents had: "passed away peacefully together" at the centre.

"Their decision in no way reflected on the wonderful and humbling care they have received from their consultant, doctors and nurses, for which the family, and they, were so appreciative," said Ms Conibear.

One hundred British people are said to have been helped to die at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland, which has operated in and around Zurich for 10 years.

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