Alain Cocq, 58, suffered from an incurable and very painful disease. He resorted to assisted suicide in Switzerland. Jonathan Denis, secretary general of the Association for the Right to Die with Dignity answered our questions.

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Death of Alain Cocq: “I’m waiting for political courage”

“Alain had an infusion and he turned on the tap. We asked him if he wanted to go all the way, he said yes, he had a smile. He even told a few jokes before he left and fell asleep within moments.

He died in Switzerland, as he had decided, without the suffering continuing ” tells Jonathan Denis, secretary general of the Association for the Right to Die with Dignity (ADMD), an association which accompanied the 58-year-old man in his last moments.

A debate in Parliament?

Today, the Claeys-Leonetti law which governs the end of life does not offer any solution for patients like Alain Cocq.

“I am waiting for the government to assume its responsibilities, to have political courage, it is not a question of political color. This subject must come back to the assembly so that there are not yet multiple cases that go abroad because they cannot die in France as they have decided ” adds Mr. Denis.

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