Rose Tyburczy, suffered with Corticobasal degeneration (a rare, progressive neurodegenerative disease) and wanted to die. She had hoped that a change in the law in South Australia would allow her the choice of medical assistance to die. When the Death with Dignity Bill 2016 failed to pass (24 to 23), Rose decided that her only choice was to die by refusing all food and drink. She died on 1 March 2017, aged 73. Her husband spoke about how he is angry that she was forced to suffer so much at the end.
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Posted by Today Tonight Adelaide on Monday, March 13, 2017
Rose’s son, Michael Tyburczy, responded to the program on facebook 14/3/17: My beautiful mum was so hard to watch you go as you did but we all support your decision and to my amazing dad you were and still are a tower of strength for us all an a amazing man , as for the gutless politicians who are more worried about the backlash and losing votes from church groups and right to life groups I wish for all of you a similar slow humiliating death as punishment for your Inability to do what’s morally right , harsh words but deserving.