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Dignity of Praveen and Tom shines in a dark time

Published 08/12/2012 | 17:00

TOM Curran cut a dignified figure as he gently wheeled his terminally ill partner, Marie Fleming, into a sombre courtroom packed with lawyers in Dublin this week.

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The poignant television pictures of the full-time carer escorting the woman he has shared 18 years with into the Four Courts building told its own heartbreaking story. The only dash of colour amid the dark-suited legal eagles was the bright red coat that Marie Fleming chose to wear.

Tom Curran was supporting 58-year-old Marie in her legal battle to be spared a horrible death. She is in the final stages of multiple sclerosis and wants the right to die peacefully, at home, surrounded by her family. He was by her side as she described to the three judges the acute suffering that she is going through on a daily basis.

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