Fighting to die

Robert Mitton

DENVER (KUSA) After months of suffering from terminal brain cancer, Brittany Maynard, 29, decided to end her life before the cancer would. She did so with a prescription drug prescribed to her by a doctor in Oregon, one of five states that has a “death with dignity” law.

Denver resident Robert Mitton, 59, wants to do the same thing. He has a failing heart and was given six months to live last January.

“I don’t want to go through the very last throes of swelling up and drowning in my own blood. It is supposed to be a very ugly death when your aortic heart valve finally goes,” Mitton says.

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