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Belgian doctors euthanize deaf twins

Belgian doctors euthanize deaf twins who were afraid of going blind

by John Jalsevac

Mon Jan 14, 2013 

Marc and Eddy Verbessem

January 14, 2013 ( – Twin brothers, 45, who were born deaf, were euthanized in Belgium last month after they learned that they would soon go blind.

The two men, identified as Marc and Eddy Verbessem, were otherwise not seriously ill, but reportedly told doctors that the thought of not being able to see each other again was unbearable.

Euthanasia is legal in Belgium, but only technically in cases of unbearable suffering. The pair was reportedly originally denied the euthanasia by a local doctor who said, "I do not think this was what the legislation meant by 'unbearable suffering'."

However, David Dufour, a doctor at Brussels University Hospital, agreed to kill the men by lethal injection. He told RTL television that they “were very happy.” (...)

“It was a relief to see the end of their suffering,” he said. “They had a cup of coffee in the hall, it went well and a rich conversation. 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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