From her deathbed, a woman makes a harrowing confession, revealing a secret she’s kept to herself for 40 years.

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Last week, a woman in England who knew she only had days to live testified that she gave her terminally ill son a fatal dose of morphine 40 years ago to end his suffering.

On Monday, family announced that Antonia Cooper, 77, had died.

Last week, Antonia said in an interview on BBC Radio Oxford Sky NewsIn December 1981 she gave her seven-year-old son Hamish a “huge dose” of the drug, causing him to die at the family home in Abington, Oxfordshire.

She said her son, who had been suffering from a rare type of cancer (stage 4 neuroblastoma) for over two years, was in great agony towards the end of his life.

During the interview, she said she understood she could be charged with manslaughter and murder, but made it clear that any inquest into Hamish’s death “must be done quickly” because he was suffering from incurable lung cancer.

On Monday, days after the interview, the BBC reported that the woman had died, citing a family statement.

“She was at peace, in no pain, at home, surrounded by her loving family“, the family said in the statement. “That’s what she wanted. She lived her life by her rules and died by her terms.

The family confirmed they had been visited by Thames Valley Police, who said they wanted to verify information about “the alleged suicide of a seven-year-old boy in 1981”.

After the woman’s death, the police said that the case is under investigation.

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Before her death, Antonia Cooper called on the British government to legalize assisted dying so that people with incurable, terminal illnesses could have a “tolerable” end. He is also the founder of the charity The Neuroblastoma Society, now known as Neuroblastoma UK, which dates back to 1982.

We are deeply saddened by the news of Antonia’s death and send our deepest condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time. His contributions are invaluable and his legacy will live on through the important research we fund.” The organization said in a statement.

Euthanasia, deliberately ending a person’s life to ease their suffering, is illegal in the UK and carries the risk of being charged with murder if a person does it for a loved one.

Speaking about her son’s final days, Antonia said Hamish could no longer bear the pain, and when asked if he wanted to help him end his pain, he replied: “Yes, please, Mom.”

“I gave him a dose of morphine sulfate. I saw him bravely endure that brutal treatment, and he had much longer than originally predicted, so it was time for him to go.”she said.

Hamish was diagnosed at the age of five with neuroblastoma, which often affects children. He was initially given a prognosis of three months. After 16 months of cancer treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital, his life expectancy was extended but he was in a lot of pain, his mother said.

“The moment Hamish said he was in pain, when he asked if he could take his pain away, he knew, he knew what was going to happen… I knew it was right. My son was going through such horrible suffering and I was not going to let him go through thisAntonia also said.

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Calls to change the law on assisted dying have increased in recent months, with legislation being introduced in England, Scotland, the Isle of Man and Jersey.

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