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Ecuador became the ninth country where euthanasia is decriminalized. Paola Roldán can no longer move 95% of her body and suffers from watching her son grow while she is bedridden.
They say that people will remember you for what you did in this life; good to Paola Roldan They will remember her as woman who achieved the decriminalization of euthanasia in Ecuador.
The euthanasia is the call assisted deaththat is to say, when a terminally ill patient decides to let his life end with dignity instead of spending years suffering without hope of being cured.
The story of Paola Roldán, a woman who achieved the decriminalization of euthanasia in Ecuador
On February 5, the Constitutional Court of Ecuador ruled in favor of the decriminalization of euthanasia. It was five months of a legal battle waged by Paola Roldán, a 42-year-old woman with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS),
ALS is an incurable and degenerative disease that affects the nervous system and spinal cord: It leaves the patient without movement in the body, making him unable to communicate, eat, speak and breathe.. All while the person remains aware of their condition.
Paola Roldan filed a claim of unconstitutionality against article 144 of the criminal code of Ecuador, in September 2023. Said article established a penalty for “simple homicide” for any person who helps a person wishing to receive euthanasia. This crime carried penalties of between 10 and 13 years in prison.
It is worth mentioning that this lawsuit was filed after three years fighting the disease. Paola Roldán was diagnosed with ALS since 2020, after fainting while exercising.
He can no longer move and prepares everything to die with dignity
By the date he achieved decriminalization of euthanasia in Ecuador, Paola Roldán already has a 95% motor disability. We talk about what He has practically lost movement throughout his body.
Lives connected to an artificial respirator, in a hospital bed at home, in constant pain and feeding only with whey. From there she can only watch her little 4-year-old son grow up, without being able to play with him and soon she will not be able to speak to him or her husband either. Can you imagine that?
She herself revealed on her social networks that she has been preparing a “time capsule” for her son to open when he is older. In this one he has left gifts for her future birthdays, photos of her, and letters with messages for special moments in her life, like her graduation, her first girlfriend, and when she goes to college.
Paola Roldán also wrote a bookcalled YOU YES WHAT YOU YESwhere she narrates in an emotional and joyful way her process of self-discovery after being diagnosed with ALS.