VIDEO: Terminally ill Notts man: 'Why can't I have the right to die?'
A TERMINALLY-ILL pensioner has made a heartfelt plea to be allowed to die.
Restrained by the current law in the UK, George Martin, 86, has resorted to starving himself to death after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.
WATCH George Martin explaining why he wants the right to die
Campaign group Dignity in Dying says the current law is causing the father-of-four to "suffer unbearably".
Mr Martin, of Westwood, near Selston, is calling for a change in the law – which in the UK is still governed by the 1961 Suicide Act – so he could be helped to die.
He said: "I have not eaten for two weeks. Where is the compassion in making me go through this when all I want is to go in peace?
"I am not despondent but furious that the law can be such an awful ass. Change is crucial.
"I am of sound mind, I have loved my life, and feel very proud of many things, not least my family, but now I want to be allowed to die with dignity."
His MP Gloria De Piero has written an urgent letter to Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt informing him of Mr Martin's situation.
Mr Martin added: "All of this illness has had my beloved family in great grief and anguish, especially as I have virtually lost my speech and can communicate only through my computer."
The retired chartered accountant has been ill for the past two years, but was officially diagnosed with lung cancer only 12 days ago.
He weighs only six stone at the moment and says he wants to go "as soon as possible."
"I have had a wonderful life, but why can I not have any control over how I die?" he said.
His daughter Sara Martin, 49, said: "I will support my dad in his decisions.
"He is a very intelligent man, and I respect what he wants."
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