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Chilean president visits ill girl
28 Feb 2015 22:10
Chile's President Michelle Bachelet has visited a 14-year-old girl suffering from cystic fibrosis who made a video appeal to be allowed to end her life.
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Valentina Maureira had addressed Ms Bachelet personally in the message, which she recorded with a smartphone and uploaded to YouTube from her hospital bed without her parents' knowledge.
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"I ask to speak urgently with the president, because I am tired of living with this disease," she said.
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"She can authorise an injection to put me to sleep forever," she said.
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Valentina is in a "stable" condition from cystic fibrosis, an incurable genetic disorder that attacks the lungs and other vital organs, making it difficult to breath and causing a host of other symptoms.
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Her message has been viewed thousands of times on social networks, igniting debate over euthanasia in Chile, where it is forbidden by law.
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Ms Bachelet responded to the appeal with this morning's unannounced visit, accompanied by Health Minister Carmen Castillo.
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