Right-to-die hearing can't take place in Australian nursing home, company says

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A quadriplegic Australian nursing home resident who has been petitioning his nursing home to allow him to starve to death has been denied a bed-side court hearing of his case, according to local news reports.

Citing both logistical and health concerns, The Bridgewater Care Group in Perth, Australia, has denied the request by 49-year-old patient Christian Rossiter and his lawyer John Hammond to hold a court hearing at his bedside. Facility representatives have said there is not enough room at the hospital to hold the hearing, and the risk of cross-contamination from the outside guests is too great, according to western Australia news service WAtoday. Rossiter will make an appearance at the West Australian Supreme Court this Friday-a trip that his lawyer said will require "a little bit of inconvenience, and a lot of organization," WAtoday reported.

Rossiter, once an avid rock-climber, has asked that his nursing home stop feeding him and allow him to die of starvation. The Bridgewater Care Group is seeking guidance from the court on the matter.