A right to die: ‘happy’ Belgian twins euthanised
IN Belgium ,where euthanasia been legal since 2002, male identical twins 45, from the Antwerp region, have been killed. The men were born deaf. They has been told they would soon go blind. They lived together. they worked together as cobblers. They chose to die together by lethal injection at Brussels University Hospital in Jette.
David Dufour, the doctor who presided over the euthanasia, told RTL television:
“They were very happy. It was a relief to see the end of their suffering. They had a cup of coffee in the hall, it went well and a rich conversation… At the last there was a little wave of their hands and then they were gone.”
Minds go back to the ordeal endured by Tony Nicklinson, who fought the British judiciary for a right to die. They refused. Camilla Cavendish wrote:
The aspect of Mr Nicklinson’s story that should most frighten the rest of us is the way in which the authorities have ignored his wishes at every stage. Eighteen months before becoming “locked in”, he was temporarily partly paralysed by a mini stroke. He told his wife and daughters then that if he could not live an active life, he would not want to survive. They made this clear to the Athens hospital. But the doctors went through with giving him life-saving medication. As soon as he could communicate, through a computer, he said he wanted to die. Doctors hoped he might adapt after two years. But he has not wavered in seven.
Who owns your body? The State shouldn’t…