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Jane Nicklinson: 'He wants to know he has a way out'

The wife of a severely disabled man with locked-in syndrome who wants a doctor to be allowed to kill him legally has told this programme that the only way to relieve her husband's suffering is to kill him.

Jane Nicklinson said that her husband Tony "can't do anything" and that "life is unbearable for him".

Tony Nicklinson suffered a stroke in 2005 leaving him with locked-in syndrome, meaning his body is paralysed but his mind is intact.

His wife said that he wants to die but not yet, and added that "he wants to know that when the time comes he has a way out".

Mrs Nicklinson told the Today programme's Sarah Montague that if her husband had known what life would have been like for him following his stroke, "he would have laid down and died, he would not have called for help".

She admitted that she too wished that he had not survived because of his suffering.

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