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CNN A terminally ill minor has become the first child to be euthanized in Belgium since age restrictions were lifted in the country two years ago, according to several sources.
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Euthanasia for sick children in Belgium? Story highlights A terminally ill minor was granted euthanasia within the past week, report says Belgium is only country to allow mercy killing with no age restrictions.
The child, who was suffering from an incurable disease, had asked for euthanasia, Sen. The identity of the child and age are unknown. Parents plead to be able to help terminally ill children die.
Belgium approves child euthanasia bill Wim Distelmans, who chairs Belgium's Federal Control and Evaluation Committee on Euthanasia, told state broadcaster RTBF that fortunately few children had demanded mercy killing but "that does not mean we should deny them the right to a dignified death. Belgium legalized our in for those in " constant and unbearable physical or mental suffering that cannot be alleviated.
Inthe bill extended the "right to die" to those under the age of But there were additional strict conditions, including rela the child was judged to be able to understand what euthanasia means. Herremans is the president of Belgium's Association for the Right to Die with Dignity and also a member of the federal committee on euthanasia.
Belgium is the only country that allows euthanasia for children of any age. The Netherlands also allows mercy killings for children, but only for those 12 and over.
It became the first country to legalize euthanasia in April Physician-assisted suicide is legal in five US states. Individuals have the option under state law in Oregon, Vermont, Washington and California. In Montana, it is an option Is there anyone out wanting real Belgium to individuals via court decision. They must have a terminal illness as well as a prognosis of six months or less to live.
Physicians cannot be prosecuted for prescribing medications to hasten death.