The Goodbye Man


The Goodbye Man

He gave his sick mother a fatal dose of morphine – now he campaigns for the right to choose death.

Sean Davison is committed to the work of Dignity South Africa, a campaign to allow legal assisted dying. His passion stems from the experience of being sentenced to five months’ house arrest in New Zealand in 2011 for helping his 85-year-old terminally ill mother, Patricia Ferguson, die by giving her a lethal dose of morphine.

The recent suicide of Inkatha Freedom Party MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, who had endured a long struggle with terminal lung cancer, has given impetus to Dignity SA. And Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu also weighed in on the issue, identifying the dilemma as a human rights issue.

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