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27 May, 2019
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When Claire was 17, she became a tetraplegic because of a car accident. She even arranged for herself to be euthanized in Switzerland.
Think of the most difficult conversation you can have with your parents! A New Zealand woman, Claire Freeman, and her father have argued at different times about whether she should seek out euthanasia."
Clare was a tetraplegic in a wheelchair at the age of 17 after a car accident. She made countless attempts on her life and even arranged for herself to be euthanized in Switzerland, leaving her family heartbroken.
But now, she is trying to console her father, Phill. After his recent stroke, Phill, like his daughter, is now unable to walk.
"Yeah, it’s shitty right now, Dad, but it does get better."
Claire told us she was worried. "He, I suspect will take his life in three months. My only hope is that I can convince him that life is actually worth living."
Clare, now 41-year-old, in an extraordinary statement, admitted that her life was a miracle.
Only now, 24 years after the crash that left Claire paralyzed, has she come to terms with her tragic story.
After 24 years of trying to live a "normal" life, struggling and struggling, she slowly learned to accept, "I'm ok, fine."
With such an extraordinary life experience, she now joins the debate about "euthanasia" in New Zealand, but, unlike before, she is on the other side.
"I know people are going to die, but I can't let that happen artificially."
"I don't think I'm a particularly good role model dad," says Phill.
Claire and her father embraced as they faced and reflected on their lives and deaths.
克莱尔和她的父亲在面临和思考他们的生与死的时候，紧紧地拥抱在一起。Phill支持当下提议的《生命终止选择法案》(End of Life Choice Bill), Claire 现在却反过来持反对态度。
Claire and her father embraced as they faced and reflected on their lives and deaths. Phill supports the proposed End of Life Choice Bill, but Claire now opposes it.
克莱尔说，她已经多次放弃了自己的生活，但现在，她不打算放弃她的爸爸 – 或者她认为有风险的其他人的生命。
Claire says she has given up on her life many times, but now, she is not going to give up on her father - or anyone else's life she believes is at risk.
"There is a high probability that vulnerable people will make this choice, but a lot of times the choice is driven by a lack of support or a sense of guilt because they are not supported yet."
Clare squeezed his father’s hand and said, "I think your recovery will be much better than you think."
"I don't know." Phill muttered, "maybe, maybe not."
This story is now available for viewing at the link below or at: www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/sunday/clips/live-and-let-live
Claire Freeman (Ngāpuhi) is a PhD student at AUT with a Masters in Health Science from Otago University. She is a disability advocate, social influencer, blogger and youth worker. Claire is a former euthanasia advocate but now speaks out against End of Life Choice Bill. She herself is a tetraplegic and multiple suicide survivor who, three years ago, was advised by her NZ psychiatrist and a psychologist to pursue assisted suicide or euthanasia overseas. She lives to tell the tale in a documentary (below) from #DefendNZ released Wednesday 3 April 2019.
Watch Claire’s documentary in widescreen and read her complete story here.