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A euthanasia advocate claims the death of a 23-year-old woman with a painful terminal illness shows the benefits of new voluntary assisted dying laws work – but he says more still needs to be done.

Brave Lily Thai ‘peacefully passed away’ after a years-long battle with autoimmune autonomic ganglionopathy (AAG) – a rare condition where a person’s body attacks their own nervous system – which left her unable to walk, drink or eat without being sick.

The South Australian used assisted dying laws, introduced in January this year, to end her life surrounded by loved ones at Laurel Hospice at the Flinders Medical Centre on June 21.

Doctor Philip Nitschke – who has been dubbed ‘Dr Death’ for his work in the controversial medical area – hopes Lily’s case will help ‘allay people’s concerns’ about assisted dying and ‘strengthen support for the laws’.
South Australian Lily Thai, 23, who was suffering from a terminal illness passed away after she decided to use assisted dying laws to end her life .

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