Stephen Hawking is a famous household name. Hawking, known for his brilliant work as a cosmologist and physicist, is also known for his slow-progressing form of ALS.
Despite his illness, Hawking has been instrumental in the field of science, regarded as one of the smartest people in the world for many years.
Recently, Hawking has mentioned he would consider ending his own life if he was unproductive, or if his illness made him too much of a burden to care for. At the moment, it is illegal to provide assisted dying in the UK.
Hawking has spoken about assisted dying saying, "To keep someone alive against their wishes is the ultimate indignity. I would consider assisted suicide only if I were in great pain or felt I had nothing more to contribute but was just a burden to those around me."Hawking has more than proven that illness does not have to effect your contributions to the world, amazing the world with his discoveries. It's hard to imagine being slowly paralyzed, and especially frustrating to lose control of your body with an illness like ALS.
Recently Stephen Hawking has supported a bill that would allow doctors to assist patients (with dying) who have terminally ill diseases and are set to die within six months.
At one point, Hawking tried to stop breathing, but claimed he was unable to commit suicide because his "reflex to breathe was too strong." He says, "We should not take away the freedom of the individual to choose to die."The world will be an incredibly sad place without Stephen Hawking in it. We're glad he's still around to appreciate!