first_imgDonegal-born Multiple Sclerosis sufferer Marie Fleming has passed away overnight.Marie Fleming and husband TomThe Lifford woman died “in peace” after a lengthy legal battle for the right to end her own life failed.Marie (59) was physically unable to take her own life because of her illness. The announcement about Ms Fleming’s death was made this morning at approximately 8.30am.The dedicated partner of the right-to-die campaigner said Marie “is at peace now” after her death following a long battle with MS was announced this morning.Visibly upset and emotional, Tom Curran said she had died peacefully during the night.Speaking at the home he shared with Marie in the rural townland of Killahurler near Arklow, Co Wicklow, Tom was softly spoken as he came to terms with the death. “She died the way she wanted to,” he told the Evening Herald.In December 2012 Ms Fleming brought her fight to challenge the ban on assisted suicide to the High Court.She had wanted her partner Tom Curran to be able to assist her death without fear of prosecution.When the High Court ruled against her she bravely appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, but in April 2013 her legal battle came to an end when it upheld the original ruling.Marie, is survived by partner Tom, daughter Corrina and son Simon, was diagnosed with MS in 1986 when she noted a change in her gait and her foot started to drag. Marie argued the ban on assisted suicide breached her constitutional rights and discriminated against her as a disabled person.Even though she knew the odds were stacked against her succeeding in her case, Marie said she was determined to take it on as she wanted her country to recognise that she was entitled to the same choice as everybody else.She had not had the use of her hands since 2010, and in the final stages of her condition as she battled in the High Court and Supreme Court she had no use of her arms or her legs, no bladder control, difficulty swallowing liquids and suffered regular choking episodes which left her exhausted, frightened and distressed.Her sight also deteriorated and she maintained contact with the world with her hearing, listening to the radio to keep up with news. DONEGAL RIGHT-TO-DIE CAMPAIGNER PASSES AWAY was last modified: December 20th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:deadMARIE FLEMINGlast_img read more