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In early 2012 Philip Nitschke was contacted by Mr Paul Bowen QC who was for acting for British man, Tony Nicklinson. Tony suffered from ‘locked-in syndrome’ following a stroke some years earlier. See: http://bit.ly/1KIEhqz
Tony and Paul wanted to know if it was possible to build a new Deliverance Machine; a machine that would enable Tony to blink an eye and receive a dose of a lethal gas. Dr Nitschke grasped the opportunity and set to work on a euthanasia machine that could be easily operated by a person with limited mobility. The goal was a machine that would reliably and peacefully cause death, and would require no special skill to apply. One whose operation could be initiated by a button press, or by a