Oncologist Wim Distelmans killed Godelieva De Troyer (also pictured), 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
carried out her
request to die because of the depression.
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