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Ron Poole


Ron Poole (77) lived in Shepparton and had idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He elected to pursue Voluntary Assisted Dying after receiving a prognosis of less than 6 months left to live.

‘It will come to that stage where I won’t be able to breathe properly by myself, I will just be puffing, puffing, puffing, 24 hours a day. Should the time come, I can phone up the doctor and say: “Righto, time to die.” It’s given me peace of mind, knowing that.’

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