Euthanasia approval for first Belgian minor

Euthanasia approval for a terminally ill Belgian 17-year-old makes him the first minor to be helped to die in Belgium.

Age restrictions on euthanasia requests were removed in Belgium two years ago.

The head of the country’ federal euthanasia commission Wim Distelmans said the teenager was “suffering unbearable physical pain”.

“Fortunately there are very few children who are considered [for euthanasia] but that does not mean we should refuse them the right to a dignified death,” he said. Read more

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