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Three doctors sitting for euthanasia

They will have to answer for a murder in front of the assizes of East Flanders.

It will be a first since the adoption of the law decriminalizing euthanasia under conditions in 2002. Three doctors will have to answer, before the assizes of East Flanders, of an assassination, in fact of a euthanasia practiced on Tine Nys, a patient who had had psychiatric problems for years. The young woman had attempted suicide several times.

On Christmas Day 2009, Tine Nys made this request for euthanasia. This was done on April 27, 2010 in Saint-Nicolas. The young woman’s immediate family – her father, mother and two sisters – was present, according to the wishes of Tine, who was then 38 years old.

It was 10 p.m. Doctor Joris Van Hove, the doctor who performed the procedure, is clearly ill-prepared. He is on call and has not switched off his mobile phone. He is called by patients during euthanasia. Contrary to what psychiatrist Godelieve Thienpont told the family, Tine Nys must die by injection and not by ingesting a drink.

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