Finger on the Pulse: who can know the pain of wanting to die? Mrs Turnball wants to die. “Will you talk to her, Max?” asks one of her doctors. “Maybe prescribe her something?” I glance down at her notes. Mrs Turnball is in her late forties. Fourteen years ago she suffered horrific injuries in a car crash. She had a bleed into her brain that left her paralysed and unable to care for herself, and is now reliant on carers for even the most basic tasks.