Monday, January 14, 2013

Deaf Twins Going Blind 'Commit Euthanasia'

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Deaf Belgian identical twins used a decade-old euthanasia law in a mercy-killing pact after they began to go blind, Flemish media has reported.
In what was presented as a unique case, the 45-year-old men from the Antwerp area who shared a bedroom all their lives began to encounter problems with their sight several years ago, Het Laatste Nieuws newspaper said according to French-language reports.
Brussels doctors backed the twins' demand to be allowed to die on December 14 last year, even though neither man was suffering from any terminal illness.
The doctor who presided over the euthanasia, David Dufour, told RTL television news: "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. The the separation from their parents and brother was very serene and beautiful. "At the last there was a little wave of their hands and then they were gone."

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