Dutch doctor has been acquitted of violating euthanasia legislation in a historic case about ending the life of the 74-year-old woman who had to be detained by her family
- Judge Mariette Renckens said that all requirements of euthanasia were met
- The patient had written a statement that she wanted to decide about her death
- The court heard that the doctor had the right to adhere to the wishes of the woman
A Dutch doctor has been acquitted of violating euthanasia legislation in a historic case about ending the life of a 74-year-old woman.
The unnamed doctor was accused by prosecutors of not consulting the woman who had Alzheimer's disease.
But a judge today ruled that a statement from the patient four years earlier would have been sufficient.
The court in The Hague heard that the patient had to be detained by her family after a deadly dose of a drug had been administered by the doctor.
The court in the Netherlands has heard that the doctor was entitled to adhere to the wishes of the woman.
The court of The Hague (pictured above) heard that the doctor had the right to comply with the wishes of the 74-year-old woman (stock image court)
Judge Mariette Renckens told the court in The Hague that he concluded that all requirements of the euthanasia legislation were met & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We believe that, given the patient's deeply demented condition, the physician did not need to verify her desire for euthanasia. & # 39;
It is the first case of its kind that has come to court and has focused on whether the woman has given her consent.
In a written statement she had previously said that she wanted to be euthanized instead of being placed in a care home.
The doctor has administered the second part of the tranquilizer by an injection (stock image above of a doctor with a syringe)
She emphasized that she wanted to be able to decide & # 39; & # 39; when she died while she was & # 39; still in her sentence & # 39 ;.
Before being taken into care, the doctor decided it was appropriate to euthanize her and confirmed it with two other doctors before setting a date for her death.
On the day the doctor put a sedative in the patient's drink, after half an hour she felt sleepy, but could not sleep.
The second part of the sedative was then administered by injection.
While the patient was asleep, the doctor then gave a lethal dose of another drug, but the woman woke up and had to be held by her family to receive the final injection.
The woman's daughter said that her mother & # 39; was released from the mental prison in which she ended up & # 39 ;.
The lawyer who represented the 68-year-old doctor, who was not in court, said his client would be happy with the verdict.
Robert-Jan van Eenennaam said: & # 39; The judges were very clear in their judgment that they acted correctly. But my client still thinks a criminal case was not the right way to deal with the problem. She has been through a lot in recent months. & # 39;
Prosecutor spokeswoman Sanne van der Harg said that & # 39; the judges clearly thought differently than we & & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We will now carefully study the verdict and decide at a later stage whether we will appeal & # 39 ;, the spokeswoman added.
Since 2002, doctors in the Netherlands have been able to perform euthanasia when it is said that a patient is suffering unbearable and endless suffering. experiencing.
They must also have asked for & # 39; serious and with complete conviction & # 39; to die.
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