South African woman, CAROL DE SWARDT, set to be euthanised in Switzerland today

Wednesday, January 31, 2024
 – Carol de Swardt has travelled to Switzerland to be euthanised today.

Carol, once a lively woman who loved the outdoors and adventure, was living in debilitating pain due to skin cancer that was diagnosed in 2010. The cancer has since spread.

She is also disabled after one leg had to be amputated as a result of what later seemed to be excessive radiation treatment she had received in a state hospital in KwaZulu-Natal.

In 2020, the High Court in Pietermaritzburg ordered the Health Department to pay her more than R4m in compensation for damages.

She used some of that money to pay for her assisted death.

Her son, Donovan, and daughter, who wishes to remain anonymous, have accepted her decision.

The 63-year-old Carol will be euthanised in Switzerland on Wednesday, where she has the right to choose when to die unlike in South Africa, where assisted suicide is illegal.

According to the campaign for Dignity in Dying, Switzerland has since 1942 allowed assisted suicide as long as the motives are not selfish.

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