Ana Estrada dies, the first Peruvian to agree to euthanasia

Ana Estrada dies, the first Peruvian to agree to euthanasia
Ana Estrada dies, the first Peruvian to agree to euthanasia

The Peruvian psychologist Ana Estrada, who suffered from an incurable disease and was authorized in 2022 by the Supreme Court of Peru to receive euthanasia, died, her lawyer reported on Monday.

“On April 21, Ana Estrada exercised her fundamental right to a dignified death and agreed to the medical procedure of euthanasia,” said her lawyer Josefina Miró Quesada in a statement. She added that Estrada, 47, “died on her own terms, in accordance with the idea of ​​her dignity and in full control of her autonomy.”

Miró Quesada added on his X account, formerly Twitter, that he would not make any further statements.

In 2022, for the first time in the history of Peru, the Supreme Court authorized the euthanasia of Estrada. The decision confirmed a first instance order that allowed, according to a protocol, a social security doctor to take her life whenever she wanted and that he would not be punished for it.

On that date Estrada wrote on his Twitter account that justice had triumphed. He “he has won life and the right to autonomy and freedom.”

The right to a dignified death granted to Estrada was promoted by a request for protection made by the Ombudsman’s Office on behalf of the psychologist. But the authorization did not open the possibility of more euthanasia but only applies to Estrada, according to the court ruling.

In 2022 Estrada participated in a court session from his bed in which he explained that he valued life and was not asking to die immediately, but rather to take control of his will, his autonomy and his decisions. He said that his deterioration process could not be changed but the “epilogue” of his life could if they let her decide. “I want the power to access the euthanasia procedure when I can no longer continue suffering in life and I want to say goodbye to my loved ones in tranquility and peace,” he said.

On that occasion, Estrada told the judge that for several years she had been assisted by a nurse and “bedridden, connected to a ventilator” to breathe through a hole in the trachea in a procedure that was increasingly “difficult and exhausting.” ”.

Estrada suffered from an incurable disease called polymyositis that had paralyzed almost all of his muscles. Despite this, she studied and practiced her profession until five years ago when her deterioration forced her to be in bed by compromising her respiratory muscles.

In her apartment located in a middle-class neighborhood in Lima, Estrada wrote a blog titled “Ana for a dignified death” where she told the reasons that led her to make that decision.

Euthanasia in Peru is not permitted and anyone who helps another person who requests it to die is punished with up to three years in prison. In the case of Estrada, an exception will be made.

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