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Conditions for child euthanasia
- Patient must be conscious of their decision
- Request must be approved by parents and medical team
- Illness must be terminal
- Patient must be in great pain with no treatment available to alleviate their distress
Parents, doctors and psychiatrists would have to agree before a decision is made. Some paediatricians have warned vulnerable children could be put at risk and have questioned whether a child can really be expected to make such a difficult choice.
Last week 160 Belgian paediatricians signed an open letter against the law, claiming that there was no urgent need for it and that modern medicine is capable of alleviating pain.
In the Netherlands, Belgium’s northern neighbour, euthanasia is legal for children over the age of 12, if they have the consent of their parents. But now the Belgian bill is passed Belgium is the very the first nation in the world to lift all age restrictions.
But two cases of euthanasia hit the headlines in Belgium and internationally in 2013 – In January, the press reported on the deaths of identical twins of 45 who were deaf. Marc and Eddy Verbessem asked for euthanasia after finding out that they would go blind as a result of a genetic disorder – they feared they would no longer be able to live independently. The death of Nathan Verhelst, a female-to-male transsexual, came nine months later. He asked to die after a series of failed sex-change operations.
No-one can tell how many children might ask to die now the Belgium’s euthanasia bill for children has become law. For adults, the number of requests has increased year on year since 2002. About 80% of those who choose euthanasia have cancer.
Are children really mature enough to make an end-of-life decision?
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Produced by Turtle Canyon to help promote the first Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Week, this feature documentary explores the state of pancreatic cancer in the UK through survivor Les Niewiara’s attempt to raise awareness.
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Just under 3,000 women a year are diagnosed with cervical cancer yet there are steps women can take to prevent it from affecting them. Despite this in the UK 20% of women do not take up their invitation for cervical screening. Raising public awareness of cervical cancer prevention is more necessary than ever. Cervical cancer is not thought to be hereditary.
Cervical cancer, in 99.7% of cases, is caused by persistent infection with a virus called human papilloma-virus (HPV). HPV is a very common virus transmitted through skin to skin contact in the genital area. Around 4 out of 5 people (80%) will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives. However, for the majority of women this will not result in cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is rare while HPV infection is common.
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Roger Lloyd-Pack (8 February 1944 – 15 January 2014) was an English actor. On British television he was best known for portraying Colin “Trigger” Ball in the BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses. He was also known for his role in The Vicar of Dibley as Owen Newitt, and to international audiences his greatest fame was as Barty Crouch, Sr. in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
In 2005 he appeared in the second series of ITV’s Doc Martin as a farmer who held a grudge against Doctor Ellingham for what he believed was the malpractice-related death of his wife. In 2006 he played John Lumic and provided the voice of the Cyber-Controller in two episodes of Doctor Who, “Rise of the Cybermen” and “The Age of Steel”, opposite David Tennant, who had played his son in the same Harry Potter film.
In January 2012, he and fellow actor Sarah Parish supported a campaign to raise £1million for The Bridge school in Islington.
Lloyd-Pack died at home on 15 January 2014 from pancreatic cancer.
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He was born on 22nd October 1948. As a young man, in Leyland, he was a member of Preston Harriers A.C. and became the mainstay of many Lancashire cross country teams during his early racing years. He once said that his simple creed was ‘to beat the guy that beat me last week’. Andy dryly noted that the standard in the Lancashire team was so high then, that one almost had to be national class to qualify for it!
He won the National Junior Cross Country Championship in 1969 at Parliament Hill Fields in London ahead of Dave Bedford. He set a UK record for 3000m S/C in 1972 of 8m 26.4s. Andy was a multiple Great Britain international over the roads, cross country, fells and on the track, both indoor and out, during the 1970′s and early 80′s. He was one of the rare few who competed as an international at junior, senior and veteran level.
He competed at the Commonwealth Games in 1970, European Championships in 1971 and the Olympics in 1972. He won gold with England teams during the 1970′s at the World Cross Country Championships. He would race over any distance from the humble mile up to ultra distance events such as the 36 Mile Two Bridges Race in Scotland where he set a course record.
A regular racer abroad with excursions to Bermuda (winning their marathon three times), Ireland, America, Belgium, France and across Europe. He represented Tipton Harriers with pride and distinction in many European Club’s Cross Country Championships.
He went to University in Birmingham in 1968 where he studied dentistry and represented that academic institution with distinction. He edited the campus newsletter “Redbrick” in 1969-70. He helped establish the annual “Past vs Present” races where his friendly nature and presence inspired many future generations. He qualified as a dentist and worked at a number of practices around the Birmingham & Black Country area. An exemplary “team man” who would race his heart out for whatever club/organisation he represented. He was multiple medal winner in the “classic” harrier events such as the National Road Relays & English Cross Country Championships.
When he joined Tipton Harriers so began a competitive club record that remains to this day. Andy’s presence persuaded other top runners, to throw their hat in with the club. It was quoted once that Andy’s “commitment to athletics is what earned him an immediate respect,” He enjoyed his sport and enjoyed the company that it brought. He was a regular at the Manx Easter Athletics Festival on the Isle of Man.
Andy could be found racing anywhere from a lowly Midland Track & Field League Meeting at Tipton up to the international glare of a televised meeting at Crystal Palace. He simply enjoyed the thrill of running and racing. He had a long career, occasionally interrupted with injury, but enjoyed success well into the veteran ranks during the 1990′s. As was once said of him “He might not have scaled the heights of athletic success in terms of medals and records, he is at least satisfied that he has done his best and just as importantly has had a damn good time doing it.” Many have their own special “Holden’ moment that will live with them for a long time.
As well as dentistry he established a running shop in Sparkbrook in Birmingham during the early 1980′s as the running boom took off. In athletics he also held many administrative and promotional posts at club and area level. He coached a number of groups of young athletes over the years down at Tipton and many others in the athletics world enjoyed the benefit of his advice, quiet encouragement and example.
Outside athletics he was involved with many charities and good causes and would always help out those less fortunate or those in need. He helped out for many years with the “Crisis At Christmas” organisation providing food and shelter for homeless Midlands’s people over the festive period.
If anyone wishes to make a donation in Andy’s memory the family have nominated the Birmingham Christmas Shelter, a charity that Andy contributed a lot to throughout his life.