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Sat Feb 28, 2015, 02:26 PM

Chilean president visits girl with cystic fibrosis who wants to die

Chilean president visits girl with cystic fibrosis who wants to die
Saturday 28 February 2015 18.57


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Valentina Maureira and Chile's President Michelle Bachelet take a selfie
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Chile's President Michelle Bachelet has visited a 14-year-old girl suffering from cystic fibrosis who made a video appeal to be allowed to end her life.

Valentina Maureira had addressed Ms Bachelet personally in the message, which she recorded with a smartphone and uploaded to YouTube from her hospital bed without her parents' knowledge.

"I ask to speak urgently with the president, because I am tired of living with this disease," she said.

"She can authorise an injection to put me to sleep forever," she said.

Maureira is in a "stable" condition from cystic fibrosis, an incurable genetic disorder that attacks the lungs and other vital organs, making it difficult to breath and causing a host of other symptoms.

More:
http://www.rte.ie/news/2015/0228/683572-chile-cystic-fibrosis/

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