Professor of expected information centre for euthanasia in children

Professor of expected information centre for euthanasia in children

Professor of pediatrics Eduard Verhagen expects that within a year a centre of excellence opens for euthanasia in children. The doctors would have already started with research to the practice of decisions about the end of life, for children between one and twelve years old.

Verhagen is according to AD authority in the field of “children euthanasia”. Currently, it is still the case that children between one and twelve years old by the law as incapacitated will be considered and do not qualify for euthanasia.

“We think that some children younger than twelve as well as or even better be able to this kind of important decisions. The kalenderleeftijd feels as an outstanding referee”, he said.

In the Netherlands euthanasiemogelijkheden to hopeless and unbearable suffering for newborns from 0 to 1 year of age and for children above the age of twelve.


The professor says that Belgium is now well monitored for the development in the Netherlands. In Belgium, in the second weekend of september is well known that a terminally ill minor euthanasia has been given.

The age of the minor was not disclosed, but according to stakeholders it would go to a person sixteen or seventeen years old. “If the belgian is indeed a 17-year-old went, that would be in the Netherlands under the euthaniewet his cases. The Belgians have in their system for younger children a significant voice given to the evaluation of child psychologist or kinderpsychiater. We are so curious to find out what methodology is used to wilsbekwaamheid to determine.”

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