The appeal. Alberto’s battle for his son: “Every life is worth living”

Alberto Guerrieri

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“To everyone, absolutely everyone, I address a request for help to support theassociation Law for a dignified life was born in 2011 to ask that everyone, including the disabled, including the last, the most extreme cases, the very seriously disabled in vital dependency, be guaranteed the conditions to live with dignity. A life worth living, regardless of one’s health conditions.”

Thus begins theappeal that alberto guerrieri It is launched relentlessly, these days, through a video. He doesn’t have the television cameras and microphones pointed at him and he can’t stand that they were, for the umpteenth time, on Marco Cappato on his death trip to Switzerland with Elena. Because Alberto knows what it means (really) to help a person as fragile as glass: for many years he has been assisting his son in his home in Piombino, who has fallen into the “locked-in” syndrome after a terrible traffic accident: the inability of any voluntary movement and the inability to communicate except through coded winks of the eyes. An arduous task, which Alberto shared until a few months ago with his wife Maria Grazia and which he now carries out alone, asking for help from public services and institutions.

His call is felt: «I am aware -he explains- of representing a message in strong contrast with the idea that there is a kind of red line, a limit below which life is no longer worth living. Against all this we have been contributing our contribution of ideas for years. A very difficult battle for unfair information, not equidistant, which has had the effect of privileging the message in favor of assisted suicide, the right to a dignified death, taking away the voice of those who claim the right to a dignified life”. He does not want to create ideological conflicts, but his fear is that behind the requests for assisted suicide there may be, in some cases, not a free choice but the result of desperation.

Following the ruling of the Constitutional Court last November, which indicated the conditions under which those who favor assisted suicide cannot be prosecuted, in December the ASL Toscana Nordovest announced that it had created, first in Tuscany and among the first in Italy, a team dedicated to the evaluation of requests for assisted suicide. “The delicacy of this subject should have suggested a greater respect and a less childish approach,” stresses Guerrieri.

In fact, the important thing is not to verify, from a medical point of view, in a bureaucratic way, the existence of certain conditions: «What is really necessary, and which nobody wants, is the common commitment to create specific conditions of free choice». . When a person finds himself in conditions of absolute non-self-sufficiency and cannot count on adequate assistance, capable of guaranteeing him at least a minimum of dignity, it is clear that he can entertain the idea of ​​ending everything. This is the problem you intend to ignore.”

The association “Good life with dignity” therefore makes a precise proposal: that for each request for assisted suicide, a national commission assesses whether the patient has enjoyed and enjoys the necessary assistance, if he has enjoyed and enjoys an insertion and inclusion project Social. . “The lack of these two requirements – underlines Guerrieri – contributes to killing all hope and condemns these mutes to consider their existence meaningless, gradually taking away any will to continue living. The help I ask everyone is to give voice to our ideas and proposals, not just those of those who fight for assisted suicide.

Alberto Guerrieri also told his story in a book, Invisible like God the Fatherpublished by Toscana Oggi editions with the preface of Cardinal Giuseppe Betori. A book written out of necessity, like a therapy, out of the need to express feelings and thoughts in words. A way to thank those who stayed close and to collect the documents of all the meetings and conferences promoted by the association.

The title recalls the words of Pope Francis, who has repeatedly referred to the “invisible”, to people excluded from society who turn their eyes elsewhere. It is a reference to a God that no one has ever seen, but that has become visible through the human features of Christ and that we see today in the face of each person who suffers.

Guerrieri is also the promoter of the Law 112 of 2016, the “After Us”, presented in 2011 as a regional law proposal, and then in 2013 as a national popular initiative proposal. He was awarded the President of the Republic Medal for his social commitment.

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