HSE wanted proof that Marie Fleming was dying, says partner

HSE wanted proof that Marie Fleming was dying, says partner

The partner of Marie Fleming has revealed that the HSE demanded documented proof that the terminally ill woman is dying, as part of a review of her medical card.

The 59-year-old MS sufferer made headlines earlier this year for her failed Supreme Court bid to protect Tom Curran from prosecution, should he help her take her own life.

Ms Fleming's partner Tom Curran has told the Irish Daily Mirror that the HSE has asked for proof of how ill the former university lecturer is.

However, the health authority has told Ms Fleming that she can keep her medical card, and that the request for documentation was only made as part of a routine procedure.

"A review form was issued as part of routine procedures, which prompted a request for some additional information," said a HSE statement.

"Having been made aware that the individual has a terminal illness the HSE immediately took steps to ensure eligibility remained in place."

Mr Curran, from Co Wicklow, has also said he is afraid of going to prison and would consider taking his own life if he helps end Marie's life.

If he follows through on his vow to help his partner die, he could face up to 14 years in jail, because assisted suicide is illegal here.

The only legal option open to the couple is to take their fight to the European Court of Human Rights.


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