Deaf Twins Euthanized in Belgium

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A touching story this week out of Belgium, as two unnamed deaf twins were euthanized after realizing they were going blind and would therefore never see each other again.

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The 45-year olds were legally put to death at Brussels University on December 14, as Dr. David Dufour administered the injection and said the brothers were "very happy" at the end.

"It was a relief to see the end of their suffering," he said.

Belgian law permitted physicians to take this extreme step in the face of mentally sound, adult patients who are "suffering," even if their condition is not life-threatening.

"They had a cup of coffee in the hall," Dufour said of the twins' final moments. "It went well and a rich conversation. Then the separation from their parents and brother was very serene and beautiful. At the last there was a little wave of their hands and then they were gone."

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This is the stupidest thing i have read all day. OH, I'm going blind time to off myself....SMH.

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Under their circumstances, and this is what they wanted and had support of their families, I think it was the right thing for them to do. Bless them and their family.

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I think it's beautiful. And who the hell are you to tell them that they had no right to CHOOSE to end their own lives, just because YOUR beliefs tell you that it is a wrong thing to do.

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thats odd

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Seems like a ridiculous conclusion to jump to because your going blind. What were they suffering from?

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@ d

These two adult brothers were born deaf, and had communicated with each other through sign language. When they found out they were also going blind, they knew they could no longer communicate with each other at all. No sound, no sight. They were suffering from mental anguish.

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@ Jeanne

I think it's sad that they didn't consider alternatives. I've actually met two people who were blind AND deaf who could communicate just fine-- they held the hands of ASL interpreters. Not a lot of people know about this possibility, I think it's sad that they just gave up

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Fucking barbaric!

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:( :( :( :( :( :(