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Euthanasia for Paralympic champion

The death has been announced of Marieke Vervoort.  The 40-year-old was suffering from an incurable muscle affliction and opted for euthanasia.  Vervoort twice took part in the Paralympics winning several medals in London and Rio.

Vervoort was suffering from progressive myelopathy, an illness that originates in the spinal cord and leads to muscular weakness.  Her prognosis was for further paralysis and increasing pain. As early as the 2016 Paralympics Vervoort indicated her intention to carry out euthanasia. “I don’t want to suffocate” she told VRT.

In recent years she had gone downhill.  Every fortnight she had a hospital appointment for pain treatment. She said the painkillers she had to take were enough to put an army out of action: “It only gives me ten good days a month.”

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