To live and let die: Nelson Mandela’s protracted death has reignited the right-to-die debate as campaigners lobby to change SA law.

He spent 27 years behind bars but in the last months of his life Nelson Mandela found himself imprisoned again – this time in a permanent vegetative state.

Months before his death it emerged that doctors had advised his family his life support should be switched off.
But the advice wasn’t heeded for reasons that are still not entirely clear so the international icon was doomed to suffer a long, drawn-out death.

Many thanks to YOU Magazine for providing this to DignitySA on July 31, 2014

He spent 27 years behind bars but in the last months of his life Nelson Mandela found himself imprisoned again – this time in a permanent vegetative state. Months before his death it emerged that doctors had advised his family his life support should be switched off.

But the advice wasn’t heeded for reasons that are still not entirely clear so the international icon was doomed to suffer a long, drawn-out death.

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