Prue Leith tells of her brother’s agonising death from bone cancer

Prue Leith tells of her brother’s agonising death from bone cancer

Prue Leith says her brother died in agony because doctors were afraid of hastening his death under Britain’s euthanasia laws.

The restaurateur and TV presenter said David Leith ‘suffered months of agony and a horrific death from bone cancer’ as doctors wouldn’t give him more morphine.

Leith was speaking in support of Noel Conway who suffers from motor neurone disease and brought an assisted dying case to the Court of Appeals.

Prue Leith says her brother died in agony because doctors were afraid of hastening his death under Britain’s euthanasia laws

The restaurateur and TV presenter said David Leith (left) ‘suffered months of agony and a horrific death from bone cancer’ as doctors wouldn’t give him more morphine

‘David’s doctors would not give him enough morphine ‘for fear he’d become addicted’,’ she said, according to the Telegraph.

‘The real reason, of course, was the fear of being prosecuted for unlawful killing if the extra morphine should hasten his death. We should not put patients or doctors in this untenable position.’

David Leith died in 2012 aged 74 after working for the Royal Air Force and his sister’s company Good Food and moving to South Africa.

He got sick on a visit to Britain and was diagnosed with bone cancer after resisting seeing a doctor claiming he just hurt his back.

David got too sick to travel and in desperation refused antibiotics so a bout of pneumonia brought on by his condition would kill him.

Mr Conway, 68, a retired university lecturer, on Tuesday began a three-day case at the Court of Appeal, arguing the law interfered with his right to die.

Leith was speaking in support of Noel Conway (pictured with his wife Carol) who suffers from motor neurone disease and brought an assisted dying case to the Court of Appeals

Mr Conway was greeted by supporters at Telford Crown Court where he watched proceedings via a video link

The court must decide whether that interference is ‘justified and proportionate’, and Leith was there to help him argue it was not.

Sir Patrick Stewart also spoke in court of a ‘dear friend’ who died from cancer to support Mr Conway’s case.

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