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Healthy Woman Decides to Have Doctor Euthanize Her 5 Minutes After Daughter Dies Unexpectedly

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In Belgium, a perfectly healthy woman decided to legally commit suicide after her daughter and husband died. The widow, Simona De Moor, was 85-years-old and told the Australian TV show Dateline that five minutes after her daughter passed away from a heart attack she decided to kill herself in assisted suicide.

Before she died, she said, “I have no reason to live anymore, grief is unbearable pain. It’s driving me mad and I don’t want to go to a mad house, I want to die. Five minutes later I knew.”

Apparently, De Moor never considered assisted suicide before that moment but knew it was within reach because of Belgium’s liberal suicide laws. The Daily Mail reports that she died on June 22nd with Doctor Van Hoey, an infamous assisted suicide and euthanasia proponent in Belgium.

Journalist Brett Mason chronicled De Moor’s journey toward suicide and said it was the most difficult experience he’s ever had. He explained, “It was, without question, the most difficult day I’ve had as a journalist. As a foreign correspondent, I’ve seen a lot of people dying. I’ve witnessed a lot of final moments.

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