Belgium authorised euthanasia of a terminally ill nine and 11-year-old in youngest cases worldwide

Belgium has world’s only law allowing children in ‘unbearable suffering’ to end their own lives

Two children, aged nine and 11, have become the youngest ever to be euthanised, according to a report.

They were given lethal injections in Belgium, which has the world’s only law allowing terminally ill children in “unbearable suffering” to end their own lives.

Their deaths, which occurred between 2016 and 2017, were revealed in a July report from the CFCEE; the commission that regulates euthanasia in the country.

Their deaths came to light after a new report was published by the CFCEE; the commission that regulates euthanasia in Belgium.

It was confirmed by an official that the nine-year-old had a brain tumour, and the 11-year-old was suffering from cystic fibrosis, according to the Washington Post .

The children would have had to follow a procedure where they make their wish known in writing.

They would then be examined by child psychiatrists to ensure they are intelligent enough to make the decision and are “not influenced by a third party”.

However, parents can overrule their child’s wishes.

The pair were given the fatal injection between 2016 and 2017, along with a 17-year-old who had muscular dystrophy.

Of the 4,337 who asked for assisted dying in Belgium in 2016 and 2017, most were cancer patients.

Belgium amended its euthanasia law in 2014 to make it legal for doctors to end the life of a child, however young, following their request.

Luc Proot, a member of the CFCEE, defended the decision to authorise the young euthanasia cases, saying: “I saw mental and physical suffering so overwhelming that I thought we did a good thing.”

For euthanasia to proceed in Belgium, doctors must first verify that a child is “in a hopeless medical situation of constant and unbearable suffering that cannot be eased and which will cause death in the short term.”

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