Quebec man challenging provincial, federal laws leaving him ineligible for medically assisted death

Jean Truchon says he considered all possibilities to end his life, including starvation, drowning and a lethal overdose.

Instead, he's in court challenging Quebec and federal laws that have left him ineligible for a medically assisted death.

In testimony before Quebec Superior Court yesterday, Truchon, who was born with cerebral palsy, says he has full mental capacity and people who care for him.

Despite being born without the use of both legs and one arm, he had become accustomed to getting around in a wheelchair.

But since losing the use of his only functioning limb in 2012, he feels his life is over.

He had to move out of his apartment into a long-term care facility.

Truchon, now 51, says he is in constant pain.

He says he died in 2012.

Truchon was the second plaintiff to testify at the trial, which opened Monday.

Both suffer from incurable degenerative diseases, and in both cases doctors turned down their requests for medically assisted death.

Truchon and Nicole Gladu, who suffers from post-polio syndrome, do not qualify for the procedure because they are not considered to be at the end of life.