On Sunday October 10, Martha Sepúlveda, suffering from ALS, will become the first person in Colombia who will die by legally authorized euthanasia, without having a terminal prognosis.
Although her illness is not leading to death within 6 months, euthanasia is accesible for her. Last July Colombia’s constitutional court ruled that the acces to euthanasia — recognized here in 1997 — applies not only to terminal patients, but also to those with “intense physical or mental suffering from bodily injury or serious and incurable disease.” Read more: Colombian court liberalized euthanasia criteria – The World Federation of Right to Die Societies (wfrtds.org)
Read more about her story on the website of the Washington Post: She’s 51, a mother and a devout Catholic. She plans to die by euthanasia on Sunday. – The Washington Post