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.


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."