Euthanasia of woman canceled in Colombia

A medical center in Medellín decided to cancel the euthanasia of Martha Sepúlveda, a woman with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) who would be practiced yesterday Sunday.

It is the first Colombian to receive the procedure since the Constitutional Court authorized it in July, for patients with non-terminal illnesses.

The Colombian Pain Institute (Incodol), in charge of the procedure, said in a statement that it decided to cancel the procedure by identifying that “the termination criterion is not met as it had been considered.” Colombia was the first country in Latin America to decriminalize euthanasia.

The Interdisciplinary Scientific Committee for the Right to Die with Dignity “unanimously concluded to cancel the procedure.”

The IPS added that “the application was reviewed and analyzed again in a broad and sufficient manner”, since “it is defined that the termination criterion is not met as had been considered in the first committee.”

Sepúlveda was supposed to have the possibility of an assisted death after, last July, the Constitutional Court of Colombia expanded access to euthanasia to patients with non-terminal illnesses.

The 51-year-old woman who already had everything ready to leave this world

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