A 93-year-old Belgian woman has died after going on a 10-day hunger strike last month to force doctors to help her die, her family said. Amelie Van Esbeen, born in 1916, was surrounded by family members at a home where she lived for the past five years.
“The main thing is that her request for euthanasia was finally approved and that her decision relaunched the debate on how life should end,” her grandson said.
According to her doctors Van Esbeen did not qualify for euthanasia under a 2002 law which authorizes doctors to help patients die if they are suffering from a “serious terminal illness” and “constant and unbearable pain that cannot be relieved”.
Van Esbeen ended her hunger strike on March 24 and made a written euthanasia request which was accepted by a different doctor who helped her die on Wednesday around noon, her family said.
(Report from Expatica, Beligum)