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The State

January 02, 1986

Elizabeth Bouvia, a victim of cerebral palsey who made headlines in 1983 with her court request to be allowed to die by starvation, is still searching for a hospital that will allow her to die, her attorney said. Although Bouvia, 28, is paralyzed, her mind functions normally and she has not changed it about wanting to die, said attorney Richard Scott, who is also a doctor. Her condition has deteriorated to the point that she is in constant pain brought on by spreading arthritis and can no longer use her motorized wheelchair, Scott said. The lawyer would not comment on where Bouvia is receiving care or what efforts are being made to find an institution that would grant her desire.

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