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Orissa siblings plea for euthanasia

Three poor siblings in Orissas Bhadrak District which is about 160 km from Bhubaneshwar have appealed to the President for granting them mercy deaths as they are suffering from a rare genetic disease.

By Sarada Lahangir

Bhadrak (Orissa) May 9 : Three poor siblings in Orissa's Bhadrak District which is about 160 km from Bhubaneshwar have appealed to the President for granting them mercy deaths as they are suffering from a rare genetic disease.

Raffimuddin, Hafimuddin and Mustaf, all in their early thirties, suffer from Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD), a genetic disorder that involves progressive muscle degeneration weakness and over a period of time.

The Khan brothers and their old parents are extremely poor, and they claim that no government help has been forthcoming despite repeated requests. Therefore they have thought of this drastic step.

"We have sent a letter to the government...We do not want to live. We will anyway die like this," said Hafimuddin.

The brothers are not educated and do not possess skills to take up any job. akimuddin, the distraught father of three, says he supports his sons' wishes as he is unable to do anything for them.

"For the past 15 years they have been like this. They cannot go out. I am myself so poor, how will I take care of them?" he said.

Authorities, however, claim the family has been provided with a handicap pension, but admit that the amount is insufficient.

Brajeswari Devi, a senior state government official visited the family recently and assured them of all help.

"I can see that they are suffering, but I cannot do anything. I will go and submit my report to collector. Whatever help they require will be given to them. I cannot say anything other than this," she said.

India does not have a law on euthanasia. Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland have passed laws for allowing assisted euthanasia and though it is not legal in other countries, research shows it is not uncommon.However, the Parliament has passed the Transplantation of Human Organs Act a decade ago to allow organ transplants of "brain dead" patients.

ANI

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