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For Terminally Ill In California, End Of Suffering Is Now In Sight
Kaiser Health News

Matt Fairchild, 46, is in near constant pain. Advanced melanoma has spread to his brain and bones. He takes 26 medications a day and rarely leaves his house except to go to doctors’ appointments.

Fairchild, a retired army sergeant, refuses to say he is fighting a battle against cancer, because he knows it’s one he will lose. He’s not sure how long he has to live, but he knows this: He doesn’t want to spend his last days in agony.

In October, California became the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with prescriptions from their doctors after months of contentious debate.