A Bendigo Mother Has Become The First Person To Use Victoria's Assisted Dying Laws

A beautiful, positive experience


4 August 2019

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A mother from Bendigo has become the first person to use Victoria’s assisted dying laws.

61-year-old Kerry Robertson passed away peacefully on July 15 in what was a “beautiful, positive experience”.

She had been battling with breast cancer for almost a decade.

Ms Robertson's daughters, Jacqui Hicks and Nicole Robertson, told Go Gentle Australia: "It was a beautiful, positive experience.

"It was the empowered death that she wanted."

"We were beside her, David Bowie playing in the background, surrounded by love, with final words spoken, simple and dignified,"

Ms Hicks added: "She left this world with courage and grace, knowing how much she is loved," she said. 

The assisted dying process took 26 days to complete and went smoothly, the daughters said.

Ms Robertson was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 which spread to her bones, lungs and brain – and eventually her liver.

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