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Posted on May 13, 2019 at 4:00 AM

In 2017, Darren Leith had a stroke that left him in a locked-in state. This recent story on Leith reminded me that many patients seek to hasten their death not because of their (non-fixable) medical condition but because of their (potentially fixable) social condition.

While Leith has not sought to end his life, his depression comes not so much from the locked-in condition as much as from the fact that he is 100 miles away from his family in a neuro-rehabilitation center. 

The last time Leith’s daughter visited him, he spelled out five words by using his eyes to point to letters on a board – “take me home you two.” 

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