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Death and dying: personal reflections on the right to access assisted dying/ euthanasia

When: Wednesday, 10 April 2019 - Wednesday, 10 April 2019
Where: Parktown Health Sciences Campus
Len Miller, 9th Floor, Wits Medical School
Start time:13:00

The Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics hosts Dr Sue Walter to present this Faculty Lecture.

Two years ago, Dr Sue Walter was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a bone cancer that has ultimately forced her to stop practicing medicine. The cause that she has now taken up is to fight for the rights of people who are undergoing extreme irremediable suffering to have access to assisted dying or euthanasia, should they choose to do so. The court case is expected to be heard during the second half of this year in the Johannesburg High Court.

Dr Walter is a psychologist and medical doctor who graduated from Wits. She also previously worked as a Palliative Care Specialist. She established a palliative care unit in the private sector with the hope of exposing more HPs to the discipline. Dr Walter also established a Foundation called the 11 Angels which helps people that don’t have finances to receive palliative care.

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