Angelique Flowers at Oscar Wilde’s grave at Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris in 2006.
ovaries. Angie’s doctors told her then, her days were numbered. They also told her that there would be very little they could do to ensure that her death was pain-free and dignified.
As history now tells Angelique’s story, this courageous, clever, beautiful young woman died in the most difficult and unpleasant way. As a young palliative care patient she received the best that modern medicine can provide, and that money can buy. Despite some hiccups, Angelique’s pain control was described as reasonable. What was not so good and what the law prevents medicine from addressing, was her death.
Angelique Flowers wanted control over her death. Because she knew her death could come fast and it was unlikely to be peaceful. As it happened, Angelique died vomiting up faecal matter after experiencing an acute bowel blockage. Just as her doctors had warned, her death was simply awful. They had told her that it could be shocking, and it was. Her brother Damian held her in his arms through this awful ordeal.