In the South American country of Peru, a person with a degenerative disease was euthanized for the first time in the country's history.

According to national media reports, the Peruvian Court of Justice accepted the euthanasia request of 47-year-old Ana Estrada, who has been suffering from polymyositis (muscle pain) since the age of 12 and has been incurable.

Judge Josefina Miro Quesada stated that Estrada accepted the medical euthanasia procedure and said goodbye to life of her own free will.

This was the first euthanasia of a person suffering from a degenerative disease in the country's history.

Josefina Miro Quesada, Estrada's lawyer, said in a statement that Estrada had been fighting for 5 years for his "right to a dignified death" and was euthanized on his own will.

"Ana was grateful to everyone who listened to her voice, accompanied her in her struggle and unconditionally supported her decision with love," Estrada's family said in a statement.

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In a statement released on January 22, Estrada said, "For me, this is what I wanted from day one. I knew this was the guarantee of my life, and I needed this decision at the end of my life, without suffering and without worrying about what would happen."

Estrada's euthanasia case was approved by the Supreme Court on July 27, 2022.