Dutch rape victim ends life with euthanasia, pens emotional post on Instagram

Days before her death, Noa Pothoven had written in an Instagram post that her suffering is "unbearable" and she is "drained" after years of battling and fighting.

This article was corrected to delete references to euthanasia as a cause of Pothoven's death.

Doctors must also inform the patient of his or her situation and further prognosis, and the two must come to the joint conclusion that there is no other reasonable solution.

Euthanasia is legal in the country if performed under the strict rules of the Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide Act.

"After years of battling and fighting, I am drained", the social media post continued. She had not shared these for a long time due to the shame she felt. "They think I should finish my trauma treatment and that my brain must first be fully grown. That lasts until you are 21", Pothoven told De Gelderlander. "I'm devastated because I can't wait that long anymore".

As Bolwerk's original story noted, and O'Leary summarized: "The family had tried many kinds of psychiatric treatment and Noa Pothoven was repeatedly hospitalised; she made a series of attempts to kill herself in recent months".

She spent her last few years going in and out of hospitals, institutions and specialist centres, with her parents working less to care for their child. She had hidden these incidents from her parents because she was ashamed, The Sun reports. The Dutch Health Ministry said Wednesday that Noa's family was maintaining euthanasia had not occurred while indicating the circumstances of her death were still being investigated.

"I will get straight to the point: within a maximum of 10 days I will die".

Euthanasia, in which a person's life is ended by doctors, and assisted suicide, where patients are given the means to end their own life, have been legal in the Netherlands since 2002. But we follow the law, which says someone must be in unbearable suffering with no other alternative'. For children aged between 12 and 16, the parents' consent is required. Most of those people had untreatable cancer.

According to a report in Daily Beast, Noa was allegedly sexually assaulted at a school party when she was 11 years old. "We will continue her struggle", Westerveld was quoted as saying by Euro News. She told everybody that in this case, love is letting her go.

She then said that she is breathing but is not alive and that no one can change her mind about the decision.

A Dutch teenager with eating disorders and depression has been legally helped to die at home. "According to multiple sources at British national newspapers, news outlets were alerted to the story by the newswire Central European News, which specialises in supplying unusual and quirky foreign stories to English-language news outlets", he wrote.


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