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Mother of four suffers from Long Covid - Now family collects money for euthanasia

2023-12-06T04:31:31.222Z

Highlights: Mother of four suffers from Long Covid - Now family collects money for euthanasia. Kelly Louise Smith-May from the south-west of England is also considering this option. Euthanasia is not allowed by law in the UK. For this reason, many seriously ill people go to Switzerland, among other places, if they decide to commit assisted suicide. In this process, patients are given a lethal substance, which those affected then take themselves without external influence. The family wants to spend at least one last Christmas together in Switzerland.



Status: 06.12.2023, 05:12 a.m.

By: Karolin Schäfer

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A mother of four suffers from Long Covid. She has been bedridden for months. Now the family is making a serious decision.

Gloucestershire – Euthanasia is not allowed by law in the UK. For this reason, many seriously ill people go to Switzerland, among other places, if they decide to commit assisted suicide. Kelly Louise Smith-May from the south-west of England is also considering this option.

Woman still suffers from Long Covid years later: these are possible symptoms

The 39-year-old is still suffering from the consequences of her corona illness in December 2021, her husband Stuart May told the DailyMail. If the symptoms persist for weeks or months after infection with the corona virus, this is referred to as long Covid. According to the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA), these are possible symptoms:

  • Severe persistent weakness and rapid exhaustion (fatigue)
  • Shortness
  • Concentration and memory problems
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle weakness and muscle pain
  • Disturbance of taste and smell
  • Depressive symptoms and anxiety

May was later diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). This mainly leads to physical weakness, but can also cause neurocognitive symptoms such as difficulty concentrating and finding words. According to the German Society for ME/CFS, those affected often suffer from hypersensitivity to sensory stimuli. That's why the 39-year-old is lying in a room that is constantly darkened.

Mother falls ill with Long Covid and can no longer take care of her family

Husband Stuart May has to wash her hair and twist it regularly because she can't do it on her own. It reacts sensitively to light, sounds, smells, movements and touch. "She's in so much pain," the 35-year-old told DailyMail. She can also no longer take care of her four children. In order to care for May full-time, her husband quit his job as an excavator driver. Now the family is dependent on social benefits.

Kelly Louise Smith-May is suffering particularly badly from the consequences of her corona disease. © Screenshot @gofundme

In the meantime, her condition is so bad that only "death could end her suffering," her husband explained. Since June last year, the 39-year-old has not left the shared bedroom. Every few weeks, a doctor checks on her. "I try to take care of them as best I can." But the 35-year-old is also finding it increasingly difficult. "She's not the woman I married," Stuart May said.

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Last Christmas together: Family collects money for mother's euthanasia

Apparently, the only option for the family now is euthanasia in Switzerland. Assisted suicide is legal there. In this process, patients are given a lethal substance, which those affected then take themselves without external influence. "We've talked about it a lot and it's what Kelly wants," her husband told the newspaper. 10,000 Swiss francs (about 10,500 euros) is the cost of the service provided by the Swiss association for assisted suicide Pegasos.

To raise the money, a friend of the family started a fundraiser. Kelly "did not make this decision lightly," according to the Gofundme page. She had "visited doctors, been to institutions and exhausted all recommended remedies to improve her condition, to no avail." In the meantime, almost 5000 British pounds (the equivalent of about 5832 euros) in donations have been collected (as of December 3, 2023). Now the family wants to spend at least one last Christmas together before they actually go to Switzerland.

Euthanasia is in the grey area in Germany

Since a ruling by the Federal Constitutional Court in February 2022, assisted suicide in Germany has been in a gray area. Accordingly, assisted suicide is not punishable. However, there is still no corresponding law that regulates access to a lethal drug or adequate support in dying, for example.

Editor's Note

If you or someone you know is suffering from an existential life crisis or depression, please contact the telephone counselling service at 0800-1110111. Help with depression and other mental health emergencies is also available under www.deutsche-depressionshilfe.de.

According to the Long Covid Switzerland association, more and more sufferers are taking advantage of euthanasia. Most of them are between 20 and 50 years old, Vice President Florence Isler told the daily newspaper Blick. Since little is known about the causes and treatment of Long Covid, those severely affected have little hope of improvement. At least one medication gives hope for Long Covid.

Source: merkur

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