A former nurse from Philadelphia, Barbara Mancini told ABC News that she sent Maynard an email just days before her death and was surprised to receive a reply.
“In the note, I told her I admired what she was doing. I felt it was selfless and courageous.”
Mancini told of being under prosecution before being acquitted for giving her terminally-ill father a lethal dose of morphine. The former nurse then received a reply only days before Maynard ended her own life.
The note read: “Stories like yours and mine put human faces on a controversial topic that many politicians are happy to sweep under the rug. I wish I could have had the pleasure of meeting you in person.”
29-year-old Maynard had terminal brain cancer and said she would take medication to end her life under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act. She died on November 1. Read more on that here.
Watch a touching video, released on what would have been her 30th birthday, below: