First mercy killing of mi­nor in Bel­gium

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A TER­MI­NALLY ill teenager has be­come the first mi­nor to be eu­thanised in Bel­gium since age re­stric­tions on such mercy killings in the coun­try were lifted in 2014.

The head of the fed­eral eu­thana­sia com­mis­sion Wim Dis­tel­mans gave no de­tails of the mi­nor be­yond say­ing it was an ex­cep­tional case of a child with a ter­mi­nal ill­ness.

VRT public tele­vi­sion said the in­ci­dent in­volved an ado­les­cent who was about to turn 18.

Since 2014, when its eu­thana­sia leg­is­la­tion was amended, Bel­gium has been the only coun­try in the world that al­lows ter­mi­nally ill chil­dren of any age to choose to end their suf­fer­ing – as long as they are ca­pa­ble of mak­ing ra­tio­nal de­ci­sions.

Bel­gium of­fers the pos­si­bil­ity of eu­thana­sia to chil­dren “in a hope­less med­i­cal sit­u­a­tion of con­stant and un­bear­able suf­fer­ing”. –

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