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Jackie Baker, 59, Died At Dignitas Last Week

November 9, 2015

A Swansea grandmother who had motor neurone disease has ended her life with an assisted suicide at the Swiss clinic Dignitas.

59 year old Jackie Baker spoke out this summer about her desire to die saying she was trapped in her own body.

Last week daughters Tara O’ Reilly and Rose Baker helped her travel across Europe by train to Switzerland. She died last Wednesday November 4th.

ITV Wales Correspondent Rob Osborne was given exclusive access to Jackie in her final weeks and on her final journey for a special edition of Wales this Week.

The family say they want to show how hard it has been for them and argue that assisted dying for terminally ill people should be allowed in the UK.

Jackie’s daughters understand the police are likely to question them but say they would do it again.

Assisting a suicide is illegal in the UK with a possible jail sentence of up to 14 years.

However prosecutors say the motives of those involved should be examined with prosecutions unlikely if informed consent was given and it was done wholly out of compassion.

Tara and Rose say they are willing to face whatever consequences may come.

The news of Jackie Baker’s death comes as a poll for ITV Wales finds most Welsh people supposed a change to the assisted dying law

• 71% support a change in the law
• 13% oppose a change in the law

The family say they will campaign for it but many disabled, religious and medical groups fear a change saying it could have unintended consequences.

Parliament rejected the idea in September.

Jackie’s story will be featured in a special episode of Wales This Week, tonight at 8pm on ITV Wales.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. philipburdekin permalink
    November 9, 2015 1:53 pm

    Sometimes life is just too difficult, R I P Jackie I have dementia so I do have some understanding. My condolence to family and friends.

  2. mili68 permalink
    November 9, 2015 6:06 pm

    Tweeted @melissacade68

  3. mili68 permalink
    November 9, 2015 6:06 pm

    Reblogged this on disabledsingleparent.

  4. mili68 permalink
    November 9, 2015 6:09 pm

    There should be a dignity in dying for this lady and her family. The police shouldn’t have any right to question the daughters as they travelled with her to a country where it is legal to have a dignified death when life has become too much to continue through I’ll health.

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