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Netherlands Performs First Euthanasia On Woman With Dementia

Posted by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 8:18 PM
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Netherlands Performs First Euthanasia On Woman With Dementia


 

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A woman in the Netherlands has been euthanized after a battle with advanced dementia.

The woman, who was 64, was a long-time advocate of euthanasia but was not able to give conscious consent due to her mental state, the National Post reports. It was the first euthanasia in the country performed under those circumstances.

Doctors performed the procedure in March, but Dutch daily newspaper De Volkskrant revealed the case this week, the Radio Netherlands World Wide reports.

Euthanasia laws in the Netherlands state the person under consideration must be in "unbearable" pain and "give authorization while in full control of his mental faculties," the National Post explains.

Doctors reviewed the case and decided to approve the procedure, according to Dutch News, who translated the original article published in Volkskrant. The woman had a document that stated her wish to die, and her family supported the decision.

In 2002, the Netherlands became the first country to legalize euthanasia, CNN reports. The procedures had been taking place under the radar for quite some time, the news organization points out.

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CallieLynsMommy
by Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 8:21 PM
I agree with this. If the woman let her family know her wishes, I see no problem with it.
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ashellbell
by shellbark on Nov. 9, 2011 at 8:21 PM



Quoting CallieLynsMommy:

I agree with this. If the woman let her family know her wishes, I see no problem with it.

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terpmama
by Silver Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 8:22 PM
Good for them
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duchess_pate
by New Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 8:22 PM
I agree
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TimeLady
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 8:23 PM

I agree.

Quoting CallieLynsMommy:

I agree with this. If the woman let her family know her wishes, I see no problem with it.


Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Nov. 9, 2011 at 8:23 PM


Quoting CallieLynsMommy:

I agree with this. If the woman let her family know her wishes, I see no problem with it.

yuppers

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 9:27 PM

If it is what she wanted, great.

andiemomo3
by Andie on Nov. 9, 2011 at 9:50 PM

I agree with it also.

My father has been asking to die for several years.  :-(  He will never get his wish.  He has a dementia like illness which makes his life less than bearable more days than not.  He is like a 6 year old or less many days.  Some days he is like a man.  He would never want to live his life out like this.  He is physically in good condition other than seizures and could live for 20 more years as a 6-year old.  If he's lucky, a seizure could take him tomorrow.

He is 69 years old and has been sick for 5 years.

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