Betsy Davis sent out an email invitation to a party she hosted in July for her  closest friends and family, they knew it would be unlike any party they had attended before in that Betsy would undergo doctor-assisted suicide at the end of the two day party by taking a lethal cocktail of drugs. This was made possible by a new law in California that allowed for assisted suicide in terminally ill people.

Lou Gehrig’s disease causes motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord to shrink and disappear, so that the muscles no longer receive signals to move. As a result, the muscles become smaller and weaker. Gradually the body becomes paralyzed.

At an advanced stage sufferers can still see, hear, smell, and feel touch. The nerves that carry feelings of hot, cold, pain, pressure, or even being tickled, are not affected by Lou Gehrig’s disease. In some people with ALS, the parts of the brain that allow us to think, remember, and learn also are affected by the disease.

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 As the weekend drew to a close, her friends kissed her goodbye, gathered for a photo and left, and Davis was wheeled out to a canopy bed on a hillside, where she took a combination of morphine, pentobarbital and chloral hydrate prescribed by her doctor.

 

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  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Lmzg6PsfOJk Betsy Davis sent out an email invitation to a party she hosted in July for her  closest friends and family, they knew it would be unlike any party they had attended before in that Betsy would undergo doctor-assisted suicide at the end of the two day party by taking...