Swiss Clinic Apologises After Assisting British Man To 'Die In Secret'

Pegasos clinic in Basel, Switzerland apologised for assisting a British man named Alastair Hamilton to 'die in secret'. The 47-year-old tolf his mother he was flying to Paris last August, but he instead treavelled to Basel where he took a lethal dose of drugs. ITV News conducted an investigation, revealing details about the case. The clinic eventually said that it would change its procedures to ensure that relatives were always informed in future.
Swiss clinic helped man to die in secret

Swiss clinic helped man to die in secret. (Photo credit: Twitter/SchengenStory)

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Pegasos clinic in Basel, Switzerland apologised for assisting a British man named Alastair Hamilton to 'die in secret'. The 47-year-old tolf his mother he was flying to Paris last August, but he instead treavelled to Basel where he took a lethal dose of drugs. ITV News conducted an investigation, revealing details about the case. The clinic eventually said that it would change its procedures to ensure that relatives were always informed in future.
Hamilton was a chemisty teacher. He paid more than ?10,000 to die at the suicide clinic in Basel and his family was not informed. The 47-year-old's mother Judith, 81, recently visited the clinic and immediately broke down. It was revealed that Alastair Hamilton had no terminal illeness.
"He put his arms around me, looked me straight in the eyes and he was smiling. And he said 'love you, mum, love you lots, always have, always will no matter what'," Hamilton's mother recalled their last conversation at the airport. He had dramatically lost weight and also complained of stomach issues in months leading up to his death.
Hamilton's family learned about his death at the clinic after authorities examined his bank account statements only to find that he had transferred thousands of pounds to Pegasos. The Swiss clinic initially refused to speak to them about his remains. The familt received the 47-year-old's ashes two months after he died.
Judith told ITV News: "We weren't given that chance to either be with him or in my case, drag him home, tooth and nail if I had to."
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