A judge in the Netherlands has allowed an 80-year-old woman to be euthanized, despite objections from the medical staff looking after her.
According to media reports, the woman was living in a dementia care home and doctors thought she was incapable of expressing her will to die.
But the woman’s family claimed she had a “death wish” and obtained a court order when the care home refused to let her be euthanized.
Medical staff treating her fought against the decision, but a judge rejected the appeal and the court order remained.
Last month she was removed from the care home and killed by the Life End Clinic, which was started by activists to make euthanasia more accessible for people in the Netherlands.
Euthanasia was legalized in the country in 2002 and under the law doctors must fulfill certain criteria, such as ensuring that a patient’s request is voluntary and being satisfied that they are suffering unbearably.
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