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8 February 2018, 13:45
Alan’s father was incredibly fit and healthy until he suffered a stroke at the age of 84. During this emotional call, he opens up about his inner battle to help his dad die.
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This was backed up by Alan, who told James O’Brien: “I would do absolutely anything I could to help my dad to die, I’d really love to help him be able to die.
“I’ve laid awake at night-time thinking ‘would the jail time be worth it?’
“He had a stroke in November 2016, he was 84, but he was playing 18 holes of golf three times a week at the age of 84.
“He was a very fit and healthy man and then he had a stroke and for last year he’s been paralysed down one side of his body.”
Alan says although his father can no longer speak, he knows he doesn’t want to live any longer.
He continued: “Sometimes you’re there and he just looks at the sky as if to say ‘why doesn’t he take me’.”
As the powerful call progressed, James consoled Alan, saying: “From the outside it looks like you are an amazing boy, and amazing son to him.
“Even if you do have to got work for eight weeks, it doesn’t change what you’ve done and will continue to do for as long as you have to.
“It’s the biggest possible tribute to how he brought you up, how he and your mum raised you.”
Watch the call in full above.