A young girl under the made up name Laura has been granted euthanasia even though she is not terminally ill.
Laura has suicidal thoughts and does not want to live. In Belgium approximately five people a day die with the help of doctors.
It has been reported that Laura told Belgian newspaper De Morgen that one of her first thoughts were that life is not for her.
She was an unwanted child and her father was a drunk. She grew up with her grandparents who gave her a sense of normal family but that did not reduce her suicidal thoughts.
At the age of 21 she became a patient of a psychiatric institution. There she became friends with another suicidal girl who died from euthanasia 18-months ago. Laura thinks that she always had this death wish even though she grew up in a stable family. She recalls one childhood moment when she was in a room with guns. She held one and considered using it, but she thought that it wasn’t loaded. Later she found out that she was wrong and admits that if she knew the gun was loaded, she would have pulled the trigger at the age of six.
During the last 12 months, the number of people who decided to end their lives has risen by 27%. In 2012, 1432 cases of euthanasia have been documented while in 2013 this number has risen to 1816. Out of 1816 cases in 2013, 51.7% were male patients and 48.3% were female. When it comes to the age, 53.5% were people between 70 and 90 years, 21% were people between 60 and 70, 7% were over 90 years old and people under 60 accounted for 15%.
Belgium has legalized euthanasia in 2003, a year after Holland. A number of euthanasia deaths has been increased by 25% from 2011 to 2012, rising from 1133 to 1432. Since February, children who are terminally-ill and in a state of unrelieved suffering can also die of euthanasia.