Three days of suffering, without treatment or food, got the better of his determination: Alain Cocq, suffering from an incurable disease and who wanted to let himself die, agreed to be replenished and rehydrated.
“I was no longer able to lead this fight,” said the fifty-year-old, admitted Monday evening at Dijon University Hospital after coming back on his refusal of treatment while his condition worsened.
Mr. Cocq assured AFP that “within a few minutes”, he would have “no longer been there to speak”.
The 50-year-old confirmed that he was considering a “return home in 7 to 10 days”, as he announced earlier on his Facebook account. “The time to recover a little and to set up a home hospitalization team,” he said.
He should find his modest apartment in the underprivileged district of Grésilles and his medical bed, which he never leaves.
In a recent interview with AFP, he had however explained that he “decided to say stop”. “If it’s to look at the ceiling like an idiot waiting for it to happen, no!”, He had then explained.
Suffering from an orphan disease which clogs his arteries and causes him intense pain, this activist for the right to die with dignity had stopped all treatment and food on Friday evening after having come up against the legal impossibility of obtaining an injection of barbiturates, requested “on a compassionate basis” from Emmanuel Macron to shorten his suffering.
Monday evening, the Dijonnais “suffered too much” and was hospitalized “after an intervention of the Samu”, according to Sophie Medjeberg, lawyer and vice-president of the association Handi-Mais-Pas-Que, appointed as agent by Mr. Cocq for assist him in his end of life.
– “Let the law change” –
Alain “is recovering the hair of the animal; the fight continues but in a different way”, she told AFP on Wednesday, saying she was reassured by the fact that “his fundamental rights have been respected”.
Alain Cocq “challenged his refusal of treatment in front of three witnesses and being aware”, added Ms. Medjeberg, who intends to “continue this fight but without this commotion”.
It is however Mr. Cocq who had publicized his fight to create an “electroshock” and alert on the limits of the Claeys-Léonetti law of 2016 which authorizes deep sedation but only for people whose vital prognosis is committed “to short term”. A state that Mr. Cocq could not prove, although he said he was “in the final phase for 34 years”.
Committed to the rights of people with disabilities as well as to “yellow vests”, Alain Cocq wanted to broadcast his agony live on Facebook.
The social network had blocked the video broadcast of Mr. Cocq’s account on Saturday at midday on the grounds that it violated its rules concerning the promotion of suicide or self-harm.
The story of Alain Cocq has revived the controversy on the end of life, after the case of Vincent Lambert, a nurse in a vegetative state who died in July 2019 after a deep sedation desired by his wife and his nephew François, but to which his parents objected.
“Today, we want the law to change and, as Alain demonstrated, we can enter into an assisted suicide process and go back on it, but we want a framework so that doctors are protected, so that patients are protected and that there are no abuses, “said Ms. Medjeberg.
From his hospital bed, Alain Cocq again called for the passage of a law on the end of life. “As soon as it is voted on, I will be the first to complete the request”.