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Doctor-Assisted Death Obtained by Sherbrooke Man Who Starved Himself to Qualify

April 14, 2016

(Canadian Broadcasting Co) – A 61-year-old Sherbrooke, Que., man ended his life legally last week. But Jean Brault got a doctor’s help to die only after starving himself for 53 days and refusing water for eight days — at last arriving at a point so close to death he satisfied his doctors that he’d met all the criteria under Quebec’s assisted-dying law. Brault spoke to CBC/Radio-Canada on April 5, when he made a plea for loosening the rules to qualify for a doctor-assisted death.

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