Rodney Hide - A compassionate death

Thu, 01 Oct, 2015

Rodney Hide on the death of Martin Hames:

Martin's mother had died of Huntington's disease. Her truly dreadful death took years. In the final stages of Huntington's the mind loses its ability to control even the simplest movements - even swallowing is difficult and many sufferers die choking. So, at 19 years old, Martin learned he had a 50 per cent chance of suffering the disease. He decided not to marry. Or have children. The risk was too great. And in his 40th year he got the fateful diagnosis.

Rodney Hide on the death of Martin Hames:

I doubt my friend Martin Hames ever needed a decent pair of pyjamas. But 10 years ago, he went and bought himself a brand new pair.

Martin lived alone. He didn't own a TV. He didn't have a car. He was the shyest man I have ever met. I never knew him to have a girlfriend.

Martin worked with me in Parliament. He used to call me Boss even though I wasn't. It was his way of getting me to do things. He would say, "Focus on the big picture, Boss. Get stuck into government expenditure/apartheid/the-failing-school system." I almost always followed Martin's advice.

More... (The New Zealand Herald)

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