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Belgian twins choose euthenasia


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#1    evil_kenshin

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:12 AM

http://www.dailymail...able-again.html

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A pair of identical twins, who were born deaf, have been killed by Belgian doctors after seeking euthanasia when they found out they would also soon go blind.
In a unique case under the country's euthanasia laws, the 45-year-old brothers, from Antwerp, chose death as they were unable to bear the thought of never seeing one another again.
They were euthanised by doctors at Brussels University Hospital, in Jette, on December 14 by lethal injection after spending their entire lives together.



I guess I can understand their choice, but they must of had a very strong bond living their entire lives together and now dying together. Must of been frustrating finding out that after living so long with no hearing they were going to go without sight.

Edited by Still Waters, 15 January 2013 - 10:24 PM.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:59 AM

It's a sad world, and a lot of sufferings

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:05 PM

View Postpitchp, on 14 January 2013 - 11:59 AM, said:

It's a sad world, and a lot of sufferings
It's a very heart-breaking world :(

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:10 PM

Come is this world together and leave together.


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:46 PM

:(

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:13 PM

I support their choice. Thank god there's a place in the world that let's adults choose their own way out.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:30 PM

At least they got to choose their fate..
Touching yet sad. :cry:


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:30 PM

Just because one is deaf and blind does not mean you can not have a productive happy life.
Even though they were D & B they would still have eachother.

If they had some disease that was killing them I might could understand it.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:44 PM

Seems very selfish of them....what about their friends and family.

One man's TOOL is another man's TOY ! :tu:

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:06 PM

View Postmfrmboy, on 14 January 2013 - 04:44 PM, said:

Seems very selfish of them....what about their friends and family.

selfish? being forced to live both as deaf & blind would be living hell. It would be more selfish for their family to force them to live that way.


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:09 PM

View Postmfrmboy, on 14 January 2013 - 04:44 PM, said:

Seems very selfish of them....what about their friends and family.
Their lives, their body, their choice.


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:34 PM

I think this is a stupid abuse of the euthanasia laws of Belgium. Euthanasia is all well and fine for people who are too sick TO KILL THEMSELVES, so they have doctors do so in an act of mercy, but, these doctors have killed two people who are perfectly capable of killing themselves! This goes directly against the justification usually given for euthanasia and in my opinion puts doctors in a horrible position.

Why didn't they just cross the border, climb the Eiffel Tower, and go out in style?

Edited by ExpandMyMind, 14 January 2013 - 08:35 PM.


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:38 PM

View PostExpandMyMind, on 14 January 2013 - 08:34 PM, said:

I think this is a stupid abuse of the euthanasia laws of Belgium. Euthanasia is all well and fine for people who are too sick TO KILL THEMSELVES, so they have doctors do so in an act of mercy, but, these doctors have killed two people who are perfectly capable of killing themselves! This goes directly against the justification usually given for euthanasia and in my opinion puts doctors in a horrible position.

Why didn't they just cross the border, climb the Eiffel Tower, and go out in style?
Because it's inhumane and some people want to but don't have the courage. They're afraid of both living and dying.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:46 PM

View PostHasina, on 14 January 2013 - 08:38 PM, said:

Because it's inhumane and some people want to but don't have the courage. They're afraid of both living and dying.

But this is not what justifies euthanasia, at least in my book. I'm not saying they don't have the right to die - everyone does if that is their wish - but they certainly, in my view, don't have the right to be killed by a medical professional when they could do it themselves. A medical professional who became a doctor to save lives, and will have to live with this on his conscience for the rest of his life.

Hire a hit-man. They're the opposite of doctors :) Seriously though, euthanasia should be reserved for people who do not have the ability to kill themselves, otherwise it's just legalised murder.

If you don't have the courage to kill yourself, then this tells you that somewhere, deep down, you actually want to live/don't want to die.

Edited by ExpandMyMind, 14 January 2013 - 08:48 PM.


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:48 PM

Got to agree with ExpandMyMind, assisted suicide should provide a way out for those incapable of doing it themselves.  They could have just grabbed a bottle of whiskey, drove to a nice view, run garden hose from the exhaust intop the car and shared drinks until they fell asleep forever.





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