Six years ago, the Parliament of Canada passed federal legislation allowing eligible Canadian adults to request medical assistance when dying, and Eric Coulam, 20, says he’s almost ready
A 20-year-old man seeks medically-assisted dying after years of struggling with chronic pain.
Canadian Eric Coulam of Fort St. John, British Columbia, suffers from a disease that has never escaped diagnosis.
He says it left him in agony for years – and he has the support of his family to end his life.
Left behind with liver and kidney disease due to the mysterious gastrointestinal condition, he says he wants to end his suffering.
Around 600 friends and family attended a heartbreaking farewell barbecue for the young man.
He says the problem has plagued him for almost a decade and he is not ready to live with pain any longer.
In June 2016, the Parliament of Canada passed federal legislation allowing eligible Canadian adults to request medical assistance when dying.
“Sometimes I lie there at night and sometimes I get sad, but mostly I wait for the day because I’m in a lot of pain all the time,” he told local news outlet Energetic City.
“I take a lot of medication just to feel good for a few hours.”
He previously spoke of his desperation to stay in control.
Eric says he will ultimately decide when he officially ends his life — and where he does it.
He emphasized that he didn’t choose a specific date and that it was his choice when he did certain things and saw certain people before saying his final goodbyes.
Last month he said, “I can go when I’m ready, not when I’m sick, not when they put me on meds or anything, but when I’m ready.”
“I thought about it for a while, I kind of spooky my family for not being in a good place. I knew that was what I wanted to do. It was hard to tell everyone else.”
Eric says he’s overwhelmed by the amount of support he’s receiving around the world.
A Facebook page called Eric’s Army is filled with loving messages and posts from friends, family and strangers who have heard of his story.
“You are a true fighter and a true hero my friend,” one wrote, while another said, “You sound like a great person who doesn’t deserve what you are going through.”
In Canada, a person must be over the age of 18 and have a “serious and terminal illness, disease or disability” to be eligible for euthanasia.
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