Deaf News: Controversy as Deaf brothers are killed by euthanisa in Belgium

Posted on January 14, 2013



Equivalent to murder by the state, or an exercise in free will?

The news that two Deaf twin brothers in Belgium were legally allowed to kill themselves in Belgium has sparked an emotive debate in the Deaf community. The story has been reported in The Mail, Telegraph and elsewhere online.

Here’s an extract from The Mail’s report:

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.

The two brothers, who have not been named but were pictured on Belgian television, both worked as cobblers and shared a flat together, The Telegraph has reported.

David Dufour, the doctor who presided over the euthanasia, told RTL television news the twins had taken the decision in ‘full conscience’.

He said they were ‘very happy’ and it had was a ‘relief’ to see the end of their suffering.

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