First case of euthanasia for minors in Belgium

First case of euthanasia for minors in Belgium

For the first time has a minor in Belgium euthanasia. The child was terminally ill. It is not known how old the child was when it died and whether it is a boy or girl.

Professor Wim Distelmans, chairman of the Federal Evaluation and control committee Euthanasia, confirms in het Nieuwsblad that the executive doctor of the euthanasia, this week has logged in. It is a Dutch language file, which indicates that the euthanasia in Flanders is carried out.

In the Netherlands, euthanasia for children from twelve years, in Belgium for all minors.

Euthanasia on a minor in Belgium is possible only in exceptional and desperate cases. “Fortunately, there are very few children who are eligible, but that does not mean that their right to a dignified death should deny,” says Distelmans.


In the Belgian act states that the minor repeatedly to euthanasia. The child must oordeelsbekwaam and aware, is in a medically hopeless condition of constant and unbearable physical suffering and terminally.

In addition to a second doctor should also be a child psychiatrist can be consulted. There is needed the consent of the parents.

In the Netherlands, a minor from twelve years a request for euthanasia. Between twelve and sixteen years the consent of the parents or guardian is required, at sixteen – and zeventienjarigen those in the decision-making process.

Belgium was the second country in the world that euthanasia is legalized, shortly after the Netherlands, in 2002. The Belgian law was at the beginning of 2014 extended to all minors.

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