Doctors in Holland have performed the euthanasia of a young woman who was suffering from mental health problems.
Aurelia Brouwers, 29, who was physically fit, was given a lethal injection less than a month after winning an eight-year battle to end her life.
Her bouts of depression, she argued, made her life intolerable and led her to attempt suicide, and commit self-harm and arson.
She also suffered from a borderline personality disorder, addiction and anxiety disorders and claimed to sometimes hear voices.
She has spent nearly three years in a mental health institution and another two-and-half years in prison.
She died in the company of friends and family after announcing on Facebook just two hours earlier: “I am finally dying today.”
In recent years, Miss Brouwers had become a prominent campaigner in the Netherlands for euthanasia for the mentally-ill and the young.
She had pressed Dutch MPs to further liberalise a 16-year-old law already seen as one of the most permissive in the world.
Miss Brouwers also claimed repeatedly online that she was working closely with Dignity in Dying, the UK campaign group formerly known as the Voluntary Euthanasia Society, in setting up and co-managing international Facebook groups to press for the legalisation of euthanasia around the world.
“Regarding euthanasia, I think everyone should have the chances I have,” she said in her blog.
She also spoke vividly about how she was preparing for her death on Friday, January 26 after she was given permission on December 31.
She declared that “there is no muscle in my body” that doubted her decision to end her life by lethal injection.
“I only want to go one way and have strived for that for eight years and that is death,” Miss Brouwers said.
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