Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Over the last few days, the European press has devoted significant attention to a euthanasia case in Belgium. According to the report by Reuters, the 45-year old identical twins, both deaf, had recently learned that they were losing vision as well. Marc and Eddy Verbessem had lived together all their lives and reportedly found it intolerable to imagine lives in which they could no longer hear or see one another, or continue to live independently. Family members tried to talk them out of the decision, but ultimately were with them when they died on December 14, 2012. Apparently they spent two years trying to find Belgian health care providers willing to perform the lethal injections. The case has been less noted in the US, but the Huffington Post blog has just published a very sympathetic account of the twins' decision.