First mercy killing of minor in Belgium
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”. –