Jun 01, 2009

Washington Woman First to Die Under State's Death with Dignity Law

WA banner.jpgThe Seattle Times reported on May 23, 2009, that Linda Fleming, a 66-year-old Washington state resident, became the first to die under Washington's Death With Dignity Law, enacted last year. Diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, she choose to end her life before the increasing pain of her disease took away her ability to have the state of mind she wished to have at the end of her life.

Family members, her beloved Chihuahua, Seri, and a physician were with her when she died, according to Compassion & Choices Washington, the organization that sponsored the measure, which was adopted by Washington voters in November.