The case, involving an individual suffering psychological problems and trauma, has revived Belgium’s debate over medical euthanasia as statistics show a steep year on year increase in the number of patients killed by doctors after a request to die.
A survey released on Wednesday has added to debate after finding that three quarters of Belgians support the euthanasia of children with incurable diseases, even without their consent.
The survey also found that 79 per cent of Belgians are in favour of extending the euthanasia law to adults with severe dementia, a condition that raises problems over the question of consent.
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