In Belgium kids aged under 18, who are in the final stages of a terminal illness, must have their parents’ consent before being eligible to request death by euthanasia. According to the law passed by parliament only minors that are in ‘unbearable physical suffering’ qualify for the procedure. In case of the first child to die by euthanasia in Belgium, the formed committee was informed about the critically ill condition that made the kid a candidate for this practice. Committee chair was Wim Distelmans. He and his team were informed about this first death by a local doctor who supervised the procedure.
On Saturday the head of Belgium’s national committee for euthanasia discussed this case for the first time.
In neighbouring Netherlands euthanasia is presented as an option for a clean death to children aged at least 12 in similar conditions to Belgium.