Egbert, an 83-year-old anesthesiologist, is being called "The New Doctor Death" by Newsweek. Egbert told The Baltimore Sun he's helped in the deaths of over 300 patients with illnesses ranging from cancer to Alzheimer's.
Egbert, who runs a right-to-die nonprofit called Final Exit Network, faces charges in Georgia, according to The Daily Beast, and was just acquitted in Phoenix in a case involving the death of a woman.
"I never thought of myself as having done anything that I should feel guilty of," he told the Sun. "I don't feel any conflict about helping someone stop suffering."
The group says it will help those who "have an incurable condition which causes intolerable suffering," according to its website . The group says there is a full and rigorous evaluation to decide whether to approve an applicant. When a person is accepted, FEN assigns “exit guides” who offer advice on how to "hasten death," though physically they will not do anything to help.
The Wichita, Kansas-based school nurse was at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Missouri, this week where her father was being treated in the ICU, CNN affiliate KSN reports. After the massive tornado hit on Sunday, she helped treat patients hurt in the destruction, and later took photos of the battered facility.
Elliott set up a triage center to assess people and patients severely injured by broken glass and debris. Her father's condition worsened when he was removed from his ventilator. While she and her family have since relocated her father to a Pittsburg, Kansas, hospital, she remains affected by the experience.
“I’ll never be the same after seeing that much destruction," she said.
The well-known Cuban painter defended his rights to free expression and to meet with dissidents on Monday, slamming the government's "narrow-mindedness," Havana Times.org reports.
Oliva sent a letter around to journalists in Cuba saying he was expelled as a delegate from the Provincial Assembly of Popular Power.
In a letter sent to blogger Yoani Sanchez, he said “I am accused, among other things, of having made public my thoughts in the terrain of dissidence.
"In any event, participating with ideas in other settings of debate doesn’t in any way imply similar thinking," he continued. "I am also being questioned for maintaining relations of friendship with certain ‘counter-revolutionary elements.’ I choose my own friends."