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First Belgian to use new euthanasia law provokes storm of protest

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 19 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:854
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    Mario Verstraete, a 39 year old from Ghent, became the first person in Belgium to use the country's new legislation legalising euthanasia and immediately prompted media criticism.

    Mr Verstraete, who had multiple sclerosis, died on 30 September after being given an injection by his doctor, just eight days after the law came into force.

    Critics, mainly in the Flemish media, claim that the manner of his death did not comply with the procedures set out in the legislation and that his doctor could run the risk of prosecution.

    They point out that …

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