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Deaf Twins Going Blind Euthanized

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Deaf Twins Going Blind Euthanized

By Russell Goldman | ABC News9 hrs ago

http://news.yahoo.com/deaf-twins-going-blind-euthanized-165500992--abc-news-topstories.html

Two deaf twin brothers in Belgium were euthanized by their doctor after realizing they were going blind and would be unable to see each other ever again, their physician says.

The 45-year-old men, whose names have not been made public, were legally put to death by lethal injection at the Brussels University Hospital in Jette, on Dec. 14.

The men, who were born deaf, had a cup of coffee and said goodbye to other family members before walking into hospital room together to die, their doctor told Belgian television station RTL.

"They were very happy. It was a relief to see the end of their suffering," said Dr. David Dufour.

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

More than 1,000 people legally availed themselves of doctor-assisted deaths in Belgium in 2011, most of them were terminally ill cancer patients.

The brothers are unique in that their illness was not terminal. Belgian law, however, allows doctors to euthanize "suffering" patients who are both mentally sound, over 18 and want to die.

Belgian lawmakers are considering a law that would extend euthanasia to dementia patients and children, whose families and doctors consented.

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If patients are competent and have a valid reason, I don't see why doctors can't help them out humanely.

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This makes me happy. Most people become sympathetic to one's situation and think that Euthanasia is flat out wrong. Those who are empathetic to one's situation can really see why euthanasia can be a good thing.

I'm glad they ended their lives happy. You don't hear that too often.

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My great uncle is currently in hospital. He is 98 and due to complications he is just waiting out his time in a hospital bed.

Now, I probably can't imagine what it'd be like to be in such a position yet, but if I had the option to say my goodbyes and go out on my own terms, you think it would be respectful to have that option.

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I bet the deafblind community is in an uproar after this one.

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I would rather be dead than suffer to tell you the truth. People have a right to death, it's their life to do with what they please. If I was in a coma with low hope of ever coming back or if I ever became a vegetable, pull the plug!

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Unfortunately this is just one of those issues that politicians can't take a stand on in this country if they want to get elected.

pro-euthanasia = pro-death

pro legalizing marijuana or pro safe injection sites = pro-drug

anti expansion of the prison industrial complex = pro-crime

There's just not a lot of room for nuance in Canadian politics. Everything has to be in black and white.

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Unfortunately this is just one of those issues that politicians can't take a stand on in this country if they want to get elected.

pro-euthanasia = pro-death

pro legalizing marijuana or pro safe injection sites = pro-drug

anti expansion of the prison industrial complex = pro-crime

There's just not a lot of room for nuance in Canadian politics. Everything has to be in black and white.

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I bet the deafblind community is in an uproar after this one.

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Nothing really that controversial. The brothers could have easily committed suicide without doctors anyways.

The last part is scary, where family and doctors can decide to euthanize you without your consent. Lots of gray zones there.

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Sad story, but its nice to know that they went off on their own terms, happy and together.

Hopefully one day Canada will allow people in similar positions to make the same choice.

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Euthanasia is sadly becoming more and more acceptable, as indicated by the members of this forum. What is obvious is that once you make it legal, all sorts of abuses of it will happen, particularly if it becomes legal when all the baby boomers reach a ripe old age and we greedily seek their deaths so we won't have to pay for their care.

All in all, while being deaf and blind is no doubt a difficult thing to live with, I think there are much harder circumstances in life than that. People can still live vibrant lives without their hearing or sight. I think it's a mark of selfishness that people would take their own life, a life not really their own, but a gift.

“Think of all those ages through which men have had the courage to die, and then remember that we have actually fallen to talking about having the courage to live.” - G.K. Chesterton

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Henrik: Good thing you don't have a twin Manny!

Manny: I'M NOT DEAF EITHER YOU IDIOT!

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Henrik: Good thing you don't have a twin Manny!

Manny: I'M NOT DEAF EITHER YOU IDIOT!

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