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A French woman with an incurable facial tumour who lost a legal challenge seeking euthanasia has died at her home near Dijon at the age of 52.

Former schoolteacher Chantal Sebire, a mother of three, had asked a court to allow doctors to help her die. The cause of her death is not yet known.

Ms Sebire's tumour had left her blind, disfigured and suffering intense pain.

The court had said Ms Sebire's physical condition may "inspire compassion" but the law did not allow assisted suicide.

Request to Sarkozy

The case of Ms Sebire sparked intense debate.

She suffered from an extremely rare form of cancer in the nasal cavity known as an esthesioneuroblastoma.

Only 200 cases of the disease have been recorded worldwide in the past two decades.

Appealing on French television last month for the right to die, Ms Sebire said she could no longer see properly, taste or smell. She described how children ran away from her in the street.

"One would not allow an animal to go through what I have endured," she said.

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I'm glad she finally got what she wanted. The laws should really change to allow euthanasia.

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Definatly.

No one should have to go through that kind of torment.

We happily (well maybe not happily, but you know what I mean) euthenase our pets to put them out of their suffering, yet we cant 'moraly' let people commit suicide to end long painful incurable diseases.

People get up in arms when people abuse animals why cant we have the same consideration for other human beings?

I watched one family member go through stomach cancer that was incurable and all the doctors could do was make her 'comfortable'

b******s, they are not even living anymore they are just existing by that point, this particular member was wishing for death and believe me our family just wanted it to end for her sake. Because by the time she was close to death she just wasnt the same person anymore. I wish I could remember her how she was before she got sick, but all I can remember is how she looked at the end.

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They say the west is free.

But how free are you when you cannot end your own life. And when your life belongs, not to you, but to the government.

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I looked at this poor woman's picture and my heart went out to her...Her mental anquish had to be overbearing, and the fact that she couldn't die the way she wanted is sad....Too many officials out there leading our lives, and I wonder if this was someone in their family, if they would still abide by the same rules... :angry:

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With her the main problem was not the gross deformation of her face, but the constant pain that not even strong sedatives can calm. She lived in pain, and werent any alternatives to improve her life quality. All she wanted was to be allowed to die in a free and respetable way, not like a criminal hidden from society.

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Tumour woman's death not natural

A French woman with an incurable tumour who lost a legal challenge seeking euthanasia did not die of natural causes, her postmortem has found.

Former schoolteacher Chantal Sebire, a mother of three, was found dead on Wednesday after a court rejected her request to let doctors help her die.

Ms Sebire's tumour had left her blind, disfigured and suffering intense pain.

The case has sparked intense debate, with politicians calling for France's euthanasia law to be changed.

Legislation adopted in 2005 allows families to request that life-support equipment for terminally ill patients be switched off, but does not allow a doctor to take action to end a patient's life.

TV appeal

Dijon prosecutor Jean-Pierre Alacchi, who is dealing with the death, said there was no specific cause to explain her death.

Tests were under way to find out whether anyone helped her die, he said.

Ms Sebire, 52, had appealed on French television last month for the right to die, saying she could no longer see properly, taste or smell. She described how children ran away from her in the street.

But a magistrate in Dijon said the case could only be rejected under French law.

This prompted Health Minister Roselyne Bachelot to call on Thursday for a review of the law.

"[Ms Sebire] has raised extremely serious questions of life, suffering and death," she said, quoted by Le Monde newspaper.

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Sad she had to take matters into her own hands.

They say the west is free.

But how free are you when you cannot end your own life. And when your life belongs, not to you, but to the government.

Indeed. :wacko:

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