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Dr. Wim Distelmans

Wrong Dr. Wim Distelmans?

Chairman

Euthanasia Commission
 
Background

Employment History

  • Clinical Professor of Palliative Care
    Brussels University Hospital
  • Oncologist
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Dr. Wim Distelmans's name is ...
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Dr. Wim Distelmans's name is not particularly well-known.
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In case it wasn't already appallingly obvious that Dr. Distelmans glorifies and revels in death, he's now taking a tour to the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz for an instructional tour on euthanasia.
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Interestingly, Distelmans is also the chair of the Euthanasia Control and Evaluation Commission, which likely explains why the Commission has never investigated a single death. And as despicable as it is, Distelmans is exactly right.
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It was Dr Wim Distelmans, an oncologist and palliative care specialist and professor at Brussels university VUB, who sanctioned the euthanasia of all three, on the grounds of psychological suffering. He is also the co chair of the Euthanasia Commission, a panel of doctors, lawyers and interested parties that oversees the law which, critics note, has not asked prosecutors to examine any of the 6,945 registered deaths by euthanasia in Belgium between 2002 and 2012. All cases are deemed to have been carried out within the law..
Update 070, Volume 28, Number 3 (2014-3) | Patients Rights Council
www.patientsrightscouncil.org, 12 July 2014 [cached]
Belgium: In April, two official complaints to Belgian authorities were filed against Dr. Wim Distelmans, a clinical professor of palliative care at Brussels University Hospital who is called the country's "father of euthanasia. The two separate complaints were filed by the children of patients who suffered from depression and were euthanized by Dr. Distelmans. Prof. Tom Mortier filed his complaint on April 9, stating that Distelmans had given his mother, Lieve De Troyer, a lethal injection, and her children were not informed of her euthanasia death until the following day. Distelmans had ended the life of Mortier's mother on the recommendation of only one psychiatrist. Other psychiatrists had refused to approve her death request because they felt her depression was treatable. Mortier had previously filed a complaint with the Belgian Medical Association.
The second complaint was filed by a woman, identified in reports only as Margo, stating that Distelmans euthanized her mother without ever treating her for depression or referring her for proper care. In her statement to the newspaper De Standard, Margo asked, "How could someone who has not even received treatment for depression get euthanasia? She said that her mother would never have told Distelmans that she wanted to die.
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In addition to these two cases, Distelmans has come under fire for other questionable euthanasia deaths, including his administering lethal injections to 45-year-old deaf twins who wanted to avoid the likelihood of blindness and his terminating the life of a 44-year-old who had undergone a botched sex-change operation.
Switzerland: The claim that there is no slippery slope associated with assisted suicide flies in the face of recent documented cases in Switzerland. Earlier this year, Oriella Cazzanello, an 85-year-old, healthy Italian woman, paid almost $14,000 to the Swiss death clinic Dignitas for an assisted suicide because she was aging and losing her looks. Her attorney found out about her demise when he received her death certificate. He had to break the news to her family. [ANSA, 2/20/24; Daily Mail, 2/20/14]
In April, another physically healthy woman, identified only as Anne, went to Dignitas for an assisted suicide. Anne was an 89-year-old retired British art teacher who said she could not cope with all the new modern technology (computers, smart phones, etc.) and how it has changed society. [Daily Telegraph, 4/7/14; Mirror, 4/6/14]
Oncologist Wim Distelmans ...
www.adfmedia.org, 3 Sept 2014 [cached]
Oncologist Wim Distelmans killed Godelieva De Troyer, a Belgium citizen who was not terminally ill, because of "untreatable depression" in April 2012 after receiving consent from three other physicians who had no previous involvement with her care. De Troyer's doctor of more than 20 years had denied her request to be euthanized in September 2011, but after a 2,500 EUR donation to Life End Information Forum, an organization co-founded by Distelmans, he carried out her request to die because of the depression.
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Distelmans has no psychiatric qualifications, and none of the doctors involved had any enduring doctor-patient relationship with De Troyer. In addition, the commission the government established to investigate any failure to observe the euthanasia law has been led, since its creation, by Distelmans.
It was Dr Wim Distelmans, an ...
www.bbc.co.uk, 8 Jan 2014 [cached]
It was Dr Wim Distelmans, an oncologist and palliative care specialist and professor at Brussels university VUB, who sanctioned the euthanasia of all three, on the grounds of psychological suffering. He is also the co-chair of the Euthanasia Commission, a panel of doctors, lawyers and interested parties that oversees the law - which, critics note, has not asked prosecutors to examine any of the 6,945 registered deaths by euthanasia in Belgium between 2002 and 2012. All cases are deemed to have been carried out within the law.
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