As his case is being heard at the High Court today, locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson explains, using a specially adapted computer, why he believes he should be helped to die.
Tony Nicklinson, a locked-in syndrome sufferer, will take his right-to-die plea to the High Court today.
Three judges in London will hear an action brought by Tony Nicklinson, 57, from Melksham, Wiltshire, who suffered a catastrophic stroke in 2005 while on a business trip to Athens, which left him paralysed below the neck and unable to speak.
Mr Nicklinson, who communicates by blinking or limited head movement, sums up his existence as "dull, miserable, demeaning, undignified and intolerable" and wants a doctor to be able to lawfully end his life.
Mr Nicklinson is seeking a declaration that "it would not be unlawful on the grounds of necessity for Mr Nicklinson's GP, or another doctor, to terminate or assist the termination of Mr Nicklinson's life".
He will also be asking for a second declaration over his right to respect for private life under Article 8 of the Human Rights Convention.
Ahead of the court hearing, Tony Nicklinson used a specially-adapted computer to enable him to express his view on being helped to die.
"It is important for me because it determines what sort of death that awaits me.
"If I win it means that I have a pain free death. If I lose I am faced with the choices of living until I die of natural causes or starving myself to death...neither option is particularly inviting.
"I want the law to recognise that there are some circumstances where suicide is a legitimate choice for a person to make."