An Ayrshire woman who bounced back from the brink of death is urging people to join the fight for an assisted dying law in Scotland.
Sarah Anderson, 41, from Maybole says she is ‘lucky to be alive’ after she was struck down by sepsis following a medical procedure four years ago.
The ordeal has left her disabled with post-sepsis syndrome – a condition which means she has brain damage, hearing issues and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
However, through losing control of things she once took for granted, Sarah has become an advocate for assisted dying in Scotland after battling back to live.
Sarah told Ayrshire Live: “Life is worth fighting for. I’m lucky to be alive but my experience has taught me that you should have the right to choose; that is the key word. People should have the choice.
“It’s never going to be an easy option, it absolutely isn’t, but it’s more compassionate than what we have currently."
Sarah will join Dignity in Dying Ayrshire, a new group which aims to start a local conversation around assisted dying ahead of the Scottish parliamentary elections in May.
The social work student wants voters to raise the point with candidates as a key “election issue”.
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The group's formation comes amid growing support from the public for assisted dying.
Polling shows that nine out of 10 Scots support the choice being given for terminally ill, mentally competent adults and a further poll revealing that three quarters want the Scottish Parliament to debate assisted dying after the May vote.
Sarah added: "Having worked in the care profession and having watched many loved ones die due to terminal illness, I genuinely believe there has to be a more compassionate way for end-of-life care.
“The current system, where our loved ones are slowly starved to death, is barbaric for both the individual and their loved ones to watch.
“As a disabled individual, I want to have the right to determine my own death, should I become terminally ill, in a manner which is kind and does not add to the trauma involved. I think we owe that to individuals in a civilised and caring society."
Dignity in Dying will host their online Zoom meeting on Thursday, April 16 at 6.30pm.
For more information or to RSVP, email [email protected]
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