Monday, January 14, 2013

Cowardly on Two Counts

Deaf twins who learn they are going blind are euthanized at their own request

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.

'At the last there was a little wave of their hands and then they were gone.'

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What happened to good old suicide? If people can't bear to live, why don't they just off themselves, rather than involving others and thereby seeking validation for their death?

Cowardly on two counts: they can't face life being blind, and they can't commit their own suicide - they have to get someone else to end their lives, which means now someone else is complicit in their death. Take full responsibility for this; surely you can commit suicide successfully without getting someone else to do it for you! It is truly pathetic that someone, who doesn't want to live, can't bring themselves to commit their own suicide.

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