Deaf Twins Euthanized: Watch Video About Assisted Suicide Used By Marc And Eddy Verbessem In Belgium [VIDEO]

By IScience Times Staff Reporter on January 15, 2013 5:59 PM EST

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Deaf twins just chose to be euthanized in Belgium after hearing that they would soon go blind and lose the ability to communicate. Now, once again, people are debating the pros and cons of euthanasia. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Deaf twins living in Belgium were euthanized in December as they started to go blind. They felt the prospect of going blind, in conjunction with already being deaf, was too much to take.

"They had a cup of coffee in the hall. It went well and [was] a rich conversation. Then the separation from their parents and brother was very serene and beautiful," Dr. Dufour told Belgian TV station RTL. "At the last, there was a little wave of their hands and then they were gone."

Marc And Eddy Verbessem, 45, never married. Instead, they spent most of their time together. Recently, though, they found out they had an incurable disease that would eliminate all sight - and the ability to communicate with one another. Something they had always cherished. So according to new reports, on Dec. 14 they ended their lives - together - through lethal injection.

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Belgium is one of the only two countries that allows legal euthanization. "There is a law, but that is clearly open to various interpretations. If any blind or deaf are allowed to euthanize, we are far from home. I do not think this was what the legislation meant by 'unbearable suffering," doctors at a different hospital in Belgium told The Telegraph. 

"Many will wonder why my brothers have opted for euthanasia because there are plenty of deaf and blind that have a 'normal' life. But my brothers trudged from one disease to another. They were really worn out," Dirk Verbassem told The Telegraph.

Watch a video here about the positive and negative effects of euthanization in Belgium since the law was passed in 2002.

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