Eu­thana­sia for al­co­holic

Midweek Sport - - NEWS -

A 41-YEAR-OLD man has ended his life by fa­tal in­jec­tion rather than carry on liv­ing as an al­co­holic, in a rad­i­cal ex­ten­sion of Hol­land’s eu­thana­sia regime.

Mark Langedijk de­cided that death was the only way to es­cape from his ad­dic­tion to drink, ac­cord­ing to his brother.

Mr Langedijk set the date for his own death and was jok­ing, drink­ing beer and eat­ing sand­wiches in the hours be­fore his GP ar­rived at his par­ents’ home to ad­min­is­ter fa­tal in­jec­tions, it said.

His death marks a new de­par­ture in Dutch eu­thana­sia prac­tice, which killed more than 5,500 peo­ple last year.

The scope of the mercy killing law, in­tro­duced 16 years ago to ap­ply only to those in un­bear­able suf­fer­ing, has widened so those who die in­clude many whose prob­lems in­clude ‘so­cial iso­la­tion and lone­li­ness’.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.