Prue Leith Speaks Out About Brother's 'Painful And Miserable Death' With Bone Cancer
Great British Bake Off star Prue Leith has spoken out about her brother's 'painful and miserable death' as she fights for assisted dying to be made legal.
The celebrity judge appeared on ITV's Lorraine to talk about her brother David, who she said suffered months of agony from bone cancer.
She told how he eventually 'drowned in his own phlegm' after contracting pneumonia in 2012.
Now, she's campaigning for assisted dying to be made legal so that other people won't have to go through the pain that David suffered.
Prue said: "He had bone cancer and bone cancer is really painful but it doesn't kill you.
"You have to wait for an organ to collapse for the cancer to get into an organ and for that to kill you, so he had a really painful, miserable death.
"The awful thing is that's bad enough, but his family have never quite got those over those last weeks of not being able to help him, him being in agony, finally drowning in his own phlegm because he got pneumonia in the end.
"And in an out of hospital, and doctors prodding and poking and insisting on keeping him alive."
She explained how if assisted dying were to be made legal, there would be protocols in place that would mean people wouldn't be able to do it unless doctors were sure they would die within three months.
"Everybody wants a peaceful death, pain free, in their own homes, in their own beds, with their family around them and that is totally achievable.
"If palliative care is good enough you couldn't take assisted dying but you don't get it [palliative care] in most big hospitals.
"Everyone wants the back up assurance that they can leave this life when they're ready to do it."
Prue has even discussed the issue with former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey and is continuing to lobby the government.
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