Colombia: Man becomes first person with non-terminal illness to die by legal euthanasia

Source: CNN

“Colombian Victor Escobar became the first person in the Andean country with a non-terminal illness to die by legally regulated euthanasia late on Friday, his lawyer Luis Giraldo confirmed. … Escobar suffered from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which greatly diminishes quality of life, as well as a number of other conditions, Giraldo told Reuters. The procedure took place in a clinic in Cali, the capital city of Colombia’s Valle del Cauca province. ‘I’m not saying goodbye, just ‘see you later,” Escobar said. Escobar had fought two years for his right to euthanasia in the face of opposition from doctors, clinics and courts, even though the Constitutional Court last year recognized the procedure should not be available just for the terminally ill.” (01/09/22)