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India allows 'living wills' for terminally ill patients

India's Supreme Court has allowed people to draw up "living wills", which means they can seek what is known as 'passive euthanasia'.
A 'living will' is a document that sets out a patient's wishes regarding health care and how they want to be treated if they become seriously ill and are unable to make or communicate their own choices. It means medical treatment can be withdrawn to hasten a person's death, if strict guidelines are followed. This would apply to patients suffering from terminal illness and patients who are in a vegetative state.
Indian judges say, the right to die with dignity is a fundamental right and an advance directive by a person in the form of a 'living will' can be approved by the courts.

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