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Charlotte - Interview 43

Charlotte's uncle, who lived in Holland, was dying of cancer at the age of 76. He decided that he did not want any more treatment and that he wanted an assisted death at home. Charlotte and his children were with him when he died. His death was dignified and peaceful.

  • Background

    Charlotte is a consultant systemic psychotherapist, and a trainer and researcher. She is divorced, has one adult child, and is White European.

  • Age at interview 62
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Interview 22

    Had two sub-arachnoid haemorrhages in 1993 and then developed hydrocephalus. Had a shunt inserted in 1994, which was "revised" (removed and replaced) in 2000.

  • Background

    Accountant (retired), widow, 3 children

  • Age at interview 67
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Interview 21

    Developed symptoms in December 2001, diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in December 2002, treated with chemotherapy to shrink the tumour, followed by surgery in May 2003.

  • Background

    Head of ship hydrodynamics research, married, 2 children

  • Age at interview 66
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Interview 23

    Breast cancer diagnosed in 2001, followed by a mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy

  • Background

    Housewife, widow, 4 children

  • Age at interview 76
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Interview 24

    Diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in 1999. Treated with flixotide and serevent inhalers, and on a nebuliser four times a day.

  • Background

    Nurse (retired), divorced, 2 children

  • Age at interview 61
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Interview 25

    Diagnosed with end stage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in 1986. Also has early heart failure and severe osteoporosis, and is treated with medication, a nebuliser and oxygen.

  • Background

    Part time piano teacher, married, 2 children

  • Age at interview 41
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Interview 26

    Diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2002, followed by surgery and chemotherapy.

  • Background

    Orthoptist (retired), widow, 4 children

  • Age at interview 75
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Interview 27

    Diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which has been treated with pain relief and other symptom control.

  • Background

    Senior officer in Residential Care (retired), married, 4 children

  • Age at interview 70
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Interview 28

    Diagnosed with breast cancer in left breast in 1998, followed by lumpectomy, then mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. In 2000 secondary tumours found in other breast, liver, bones and lung, treated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone treatment.

  • Background

    Housewife, married, 2 children

  • Age at interview 43
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Interview 29

    Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1983, treated with medication (Madopar)

  • Background

    Teacher (retired) and author, married, 4 children

  • Age at interview 61
  • Sex/Gender Female