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Wife supports euthanasia professor

Sean Davison's wife said she was looking forward to enjoying a normal life with her husband.

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CAPE TOWN - The wife of University of the Western Cape (UWC) academic Sean Davison said she was looking forward to enjoying a normal life with her husband.

Davison returned to Cape Town on Wednesday after serving a five month house arrest sentence in New Zealand.

In November, he was sentenced in a New Zealand court after pleading guilty to assisting his ill mother commit suicide in 2006.

Davison helped his mother take a lethal dose of morphine following a long battle with cancer.

Assisted suicide is illegal in that country and Davidson has been in the forefront of lobbying for its legalisation.

His wife, Raine Pan, said she would continue supporting him in his fight to legalise assisted dying in precisely defined conditions.

She said their two sons, aged one and three, have missed him dearly.

“He was away for 10 months and his little boy hardly recognised him. The last 10 months have been difficult.”

Meanwhile, Davison said he will not back down from his views that euthanasia should be legalised.

His organisation, DignitySA, wants Parliament to consider legalising assisted dying in precisely defined conditions.

The organisation believes terminally ill patients should be allowed to decide whether they want to end their suffering.