British quadriplegic goes public with desire to die

April 18, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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LONDON, April 18 (UPI) -- A quadriplegic challenging Britain's ban on assisted suicide has gone public in his legal bid to end his life.

Paul Lamb has joined a lawsuit brought by the widow of Tony Nicklinson, a man severely disabled by a stroke who starved himself to death last year, The Daily Telegraph reported. When he got involved last month, Lamb was identified only as "L" but has now said he believes revealing his identity will help his cause.

"I hope that this is the next step towards the ultimate goal of changing this cruel law, which keeps people like me alive when I want to have a dignified death," he said.

"To be given this chance of being involved in the case makes me very proud. ... I have always been an extremely strong character and when I believe in something, I can take on the world."

Lamb, 58, a father of two who lives in Leeds, England, was a truck driver when he was paralyzed in a car crash 23 years ago. He can make small movements with one hand and says his life has become "tedious, monotonous and pointless."

Because Lamb is so severely paralyzed he cannot take his own life, he would need help, the BBC said. That would require someone to commit what would be murder under current British law.

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