A woman with cancer has become the first person to end her life under voluntary assisted dying laws in the Australian state of Victoria . Kerry Robertson, 61, died at a nursing home in Bendigo on 15 July. She was the first person to be granted the permit, having visited her specialist the day legislation came into effect on 19 June. Her daughters Jacqui Hicks and Nicole Robertson were at her bedside and described her death as a “beautiful, positive experience”. “It was the empowered death that she wanted,” Nicole said. Assisted dying explained: Victoria’s new laws, the safeguards and the Catholic resistance Read more Robertson was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. Despite treatment, the cancer metastasised to her bones, lungs and brain. In March the disease spread to her liver and as the side-effects of chemotherapy were no longer manageable she decided to stop all treatment. Hicks […]