|Kathleen Nicole O’Neal|
By Kathleen Nicole O’Neal
On June 16, 2022, a forty-four-year-old Italian citizen named Federico Carboni became the first patient in the history of his country to die by medically assisted suicide. Twelve years ago, Carboni was working as a trucker when he found himself seriously injured in a traffic accident that put him into a coma. When he awakened from the coma, he was a quadriplegic.
What I find most haunting about Carboni’s death are some of his last words, statements that he made explaining his decision to seek medically assisted suicide.