Thursday, December 2

Martha Sepúlveda: a judge in Colombia orders that the patient’s euthanasia be rescheduled

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Martha Sepulveda

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Martha Sepúlveda celebrated her 51 years of life in January.

A judge in Colombia on Wednesday revoked the suspension of euthanasia that Martha Sepúlveda, a 51-year-old woman with a degenerative disease who planned to die on October 10, should receive.

Sepúlveda was to be the first person in Colombia who, without suffering a terminal illness, would receive euthanasia. But the Colombian Institute of Pain (IPS Index) announced the suspension of the procedure 36 hours before it happened.

The case has generated a wide debate in the Latin American country about the right to opt for assisted death.

This Wednesday, the head of Court 20 of the city of Medellín ordered IPS Indecol “to comply with the provisions of the interdisciplinary scientific committee to die with dignity” in its August 6 ruling.

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