Canadian doctor makes posthumous assisted suicide plea
OTTAWA (AFP) - A Canadian microbiologist who reassured a frightened nation during the 2003 Sars crisis, has ignited a controversial debate with a posthumous plea on Wednesday for assisted suicide.
Dr Donald Low of Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital died on Sept 18 at age 68, seven months after being diagnosed with a brain stem tumour.
Eight days before his death, he recorded a video - just released on YouTube - pleading for Canada's laws to be changed, so that he and other terminal patients could choose the time and manner of their death.
Doctor-assisted suicide is illegal in Canada. "I'm going to die. What worries me is how I'm going to die," he said in the video, describing his failing health.