Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman with terminal brain cancer, took her own life on Saturday. Maynard had pledged to take her own life 4 weeks ago.
She took her life with euthanasia drugs legally available in Oregon for people with a terminal illness. Maynard vowed to end her life before the cancer symptoms reduced her ability to make decisions for herself.
Brittany and her husband Dan Diaz had to move from California to Portland to take advantage of the euthanasia laws. A statement from Sean Crowley of advocacy group Compassion & Choices said that: “She died as she intended — peacefully in her bedroom, in the arms of her loved ones”.
Maynard was suffering from worsening seizures, headaches, neck pain and other severe brain tumor symptoms. Frequently in pain, she decided to die on her own terms. Her brain tumor was very fast progressing, with diagnosis only occurring 6 months ago. Doctors realized early on that she did not have long to live and would suffer from severe symptoms.
Currently five states in the United States allow euthanasia for terminally ill patients. Maynard’s situation has stirred the debate once more.