All posts tagged: palliative care

Euthanasia Case Doubly Concerning

Two things happened last week concerning twins that made headlines. Our own, Tassie-born Princess Mary of Denmark was dubbed the international patron of the Australian and Danish twin registries. Her lovely face will promote twin research in both countries. The new role is particularly poignant for our princess as she is a mother of twins herself – two-year-olds Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, the youngest of four. I wonder what Princess Mary thought when she read of the other ‘twin’ story that made headlines. South of her Copenhagen home, a hop over Germany, a skip over Holland and a jump into Belgium, 45-year-old twins Marc and Eddy Verbessem opted to take their own lives. Nothing particularly alarming there – euthanasia is legal in many countries. But Marc and Eddy were not in any physical pain. They felt they had nothing to live for and chose euthanasia by lethal injection (legal in Belgium). Therein lies the tragedy. No denying that these guys had a tough life. They were both born deaf, suffered spinal and heart disease and were about to …