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Published On: Sun, May 4th, 2014

Belgian cancer doctor euthanizes woman without any treatment for her depression

Belgian doctor Wim Distelmans is under fire by critics for euthanizing a woman without first treating her depression or finding her proper care. Margot, the woman’s daughter, has  filed a formal complaint with the doctor.

“How could someone who has not even received treatment for depression, get euthanasia?” Margot’s statement read per De Standard news.

Distelmans reponded saying that “It’s very frustrating for me, but I can not respond to these kind of stories in the press. I can not respond, because of privacy laws and it would violate my professional duties.”

The article reported that this euthanasia death was approved by the Belgium Euthanasia Control and Evaluation Commission. The article omitted that Distelmans chairs the Commission.

This incident was preceded by another complaint filed by Professor Tom Mortier upon the passing of his mother, Godelieva De Troyer. Mortier reported that Distelmans went ahead with De Troyer’s procedure, despite the fact that she was under a treatment plan for her “emotional distress.”

Mortier also noted that “Distelmans is an oncologist, not a psychiatrist and was not even De Troyer’s doctor beforehand.”

NVVE is an "End of Life" group offering assisted suicides and euthanasia in the Netherlands photo http://www.nvve.nl/

NVVE is an “End of Life” group offering assisted suicides and euthanasia in the Netherlands photo http://www.nvve.nl/

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