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Husband Wins Right to Tell Wife’s Story of Assisted Death

April 29, 2016

(The Globe and Mail) – The death of Hanne Schafer was by any definition a nightmare. Suffering from the painful, degenerative neurological disease ALS, the 66-year-old could communicate only by typing with some of the fingers on her left hand. Her husband had to regularly suction the saliva out of her throat so she wouldn’t choke. He had to lift her onto the toilet so she could go to the bathroom. “She was like a butterfly trapped in a cocoon,” recalled Daniel Laurin, who on Wednesday won in court the right to make his wife’s name public so he could tell her story. “That’s the way that she explained she felt.”

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