Hoggard's most recent case was a man in his early 90s who lived near Little Rock. "I don't remember his exact diagnosis. He was becoming less and less mobile, and he knew before too long he wouldn't be able to get out of bed. He talked to his son and daughter-in-law about taking things into his own hands. They went on the Internet and found Final Exit.

"His whole demeanor changed once he realized he could do his exit in a safe way," Hoggard goes on. "He was much less depressed. When he pulled the hood down over his face to breathe the helium, he was so happy to be doing that. I was able to help this man do what he wanted to do and, in my opinion, needed to do."

James Hoggard, an exit guide and former Baptist minister, with his companion, Julia Peggs.
Jennifer Silverberg
James Hoggard, an exit guide and former Baptist minister, with his companion, Julia Peggs.

[Correction published 4/10/09: In the original version of this story, we misidentified the hospice agency for which Final Exit Network member Dalton Baker volunteers. Baker volunteers at BJC Hospice. The above version contains the corrected text.]

« Previous Page
 |
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
All
 
My Voice Nation Help
0 comments
 
Loading...