11 February 2016, The Tablet

One way out

For Simon Binner it was always going to be tempting to disrupt the relentless progress of motor neurone disease, even if that meant arranging to surrender his life; so a trip to Switzerland and a lethal infusion was always going to be an option.We saw Simon, the subject of How To Die: Simon’s Choice (10 February), in a few bits of video taken before his diagnosis and heard about him from friends and family. He had always been a boisterous, life-and-soul type of personality, a successful businessman. The thought of losing control, and surrendering himself to others, was never going to appeal. On the way home from receiving his diagnosis, in January 2015, he decided instantly that he would either kill himself or seek euthanasia.So he emailed a clinic in Basel, Switzerland: “I wo
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