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Remembering Rodriguez

The Story

Towards the end of her life, Sue Rodriguez's health was rapidly deteriorating says journalist and friend Anne Mullens in this CBC Radio interview. Mullens describes how Rodriguez had become so weak that she was unable to push the buttons on the remote control. According to Mullens, Rodriguez was in a lot of pain. Her muscles had atrophied to the point that her joints would no longer stay in their sockets. Her shoulders were constantly dislocated. Yet through all the hardship and the legal setbacks, Mullens says Rodriguez never lost her sense of humour or dignity. Rodriguez told Mullens that she never regretted her public battle, saying she gained strength from her fight. Rodriguez also had a personal motivation; she wanted to make her nine-year-old son proud of his mom.

Medium: Radio
Program: As It Happens
Broadcast Date: Feb. 14, 1994
Guest(s): Anne Mullens
Host: Barbara Budd, Michael Enright
Duration: 9:06

Did You know?

• Sue Rodriguez first befriended Anne Mullens when Mullens started covering Rodriguez's court case for the Vancouver Sun newspaper.
• Ann Mullens later wrote a book on the right-to-die debate called Timely Death: Considering Our Last Rights. It was published in 1996.


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