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
mother without ever treating her
for depression or referring her
for proper care.
statement to the newspaper De Standard, Margo asked, "How could someone who has not even received treatment for depression get euthanasia?
said that her
mother would never have told Distelmans
wanted to die.
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
attorney found out about her
demise when 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]