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Patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis decided not to be euthanized

This 41-year-old man was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) 5 years ago.

Salgado’s current condition is one of total prostration, although he can move his eyes and muscles in his face, which was enough for him, by means of technological aids like those used by the scientist Stephen Hawking, he was able to write a book entitled ‘Be still, but never stop living’.

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For Salgado, the support of his wife Marisol López, his mother and their children were key in ruling out the possibility of death by euthanasia, according to a report by Noticias Caracol.

López tells the newscast that when her husband told her about the possibility of “a dignified death” she did not support him, partly because of the woman’s religious beliefs, which points out that all things in life have their reason for being: “You have to accept the will of God,” he says.

During his illness, in 2019, Efrén began to write his book and will launch it this October 18 in the municipality of Funza, adjacent to Bogotá on the western side.

This is a case that contrasts with that of Martha Sepúlveda, who due to the pain and reduced mobility caused by the same disease as Efrén Salgado, made the decision to practice euthanasia, a process that is stopped by a last-minute measure time for EPS to reverse the decision it had already made.

On the other hand, a non-terminal patient in Cali was given the possibility of euthanasia, as he suffers from a degenerative and incurable lung condition that hardly allows him to breathe.

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