This film tells part of the story of the last few weeks of John’s life with MND. Shortly after Easter 2003, we started to film him for a BBC Video Nation project.
The film shows some of John’s daily activities, including being fed via his PEG (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy) feeding tube as well as his enjoyment of the smell of fish and chips! It also shows part of the routine John went through every morning to try to alleviate his terrible constipation.
The wake John gave for some of his oldest friends, at a pub on Willen Lake in Milton Keynes, appears before the film follows John as he travels to Dignitas in Switzerland. He chose an assisted death when he was just a few weeks away from dying of MND. He died, with great peace and dignity, with Dignitas’ help on 26th May 2003. His death is not shown in this film.
If you don’t have enough time to watch it all, I highly recommend just watching the first 5 minutes to gain an insight into what John had to go through.
For more info about John follow this link: http://onefivenine.info/johnclose.htm
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- This is an incredible video with incredible people. Thank you for sharing it and memories of your wonderful friend and brother. It has helped me very much. Best wishes to you