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Two deaf twin brothers in Belgium were euthanized by their doctor after realizing they were going blind and would be unable to see each other ever again, their physician says.

The 45-year-old men, whose names have not been made public, were legally put to death by lethal injection at the Brussels University Hospital in Jette, on Dec. 14.

The men, who were born deaf, had a cup of coffee and said goodbye to other family members before walking into hospital room together to die, their doctor told Belgian television station RTL.

“They were very happy. It was a relief to see the end of their suffering,” said Dr. David Dufour.

“They had a cup of coffee in the hall. It went well and a rich conversation. Then the separation from their parents and brother was very serene and beautiful,” he said. “At the last there was a little wave of their hands and then they were gone,”

More than 1,000 people legally availed themselves of doctor-assisted deaths in Belgium in 2011, most of them were terminally ill cancer patients.

The brothers are unique in that their illness was not terminal. Belgian law, however, allows doctors to euthanize “suffering” patients who are both mentally sound, over 18 and want to die.

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  1. MaryfromMarin

    January 14th, 2013

    WTF?????

    (my apologies for profanity, but really—-!!! And if I could have used LARGE and boldface type, I would have!!!)

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  2. Agnes Day

    January 14th, 2013

    This was wrong. They could have helped each other cope – and live. So sad.

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  3. sTevo

    January 14th, 2013

    This is Obama’s wet dream.

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  4. Clyde

    January 14th, 2013

    What would Helen Keller say?

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  5. jclady

    January 14th, 2013

    @Clyde — my thought exactly!

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  6. Annie

    January 14th, 2013

    If I ever make that decision I won’t ask someone to do it for me. Perhaps its the chickensh!t Belgian way?

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  7. Mr.Gates

    January 14th, 2013

    braille?????

    “Capital punishment in Belgium was formally abolished on August 1, 1996 for all crimes.” -wiki

    They’re SOOoooooooo “evolved”.

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  8. 88 Savant

    January 14th, 2013

    Unbefuclkinglievable. Im at a loss for words.

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  9. J Frank Parnell

    January 14th, 2013

    Walk into the Disintegrator with a smile comrade, lest you become a burden to the Hive.

    Another bug planet.

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  10. Jerry Manderin

    January 14th, 2013

    When can we get Obama and Biden to have a cup of coffee in the hall and engage in rich conversation?

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  11. KF

    January 14th, 2013

    I saw this earlier but was too nauseated to send it into the bullpen. Geez, talk about the culture of death! These people are effing sick.

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  12. RWF

    January 14th, 2013

    How horrible. We have truly slipped as a society.

    I understand the struggle. My mother, who is ill and debilitated, had to be placed in a nursing home recently. We had to do what is best for her and to meet her needs. ANd what is best for us. I struggle everyday with that decision and I struggle with trying to find meaning and purpose in her life that is near it’s end.
    I have asked myself so many times why continue if the inevitable is so very close. She is not suffering. She is not in pain. She does not. Know.

    I understand it is not for us to question. But for us to FIND that meaning and purpose.
    And for me, that has been to bring my brother and my sister closer in my life. To call them. To discuss Mom, yes, but to find out what is going on with the kids, the spouses. Their lives.

    It isn’t easy. I see her. There. In a place I would have never imagined.

    And then I see my self in another place I had never imagined.

    I understand now. I really do.

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  13. Bad Brad

    January 14th, 2013

    RWF, I’ve been through this twice, both parents. Spend every available minute with her. If you can take her out for week ends at your home do it. If you can take her out to dinner do it. But I’ll tell you this now, when the inevitable happens, you will still feel guiltier then hell.

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  14. Jethro

    January 14th, 2013

    Read the comments at the end of the article in the link.
    ABC must stand for Athiest’s Broadcasting Company, because they definitley sound Godless.

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  15. grayjohn

    January 14th, 2013

    If it was deaf twins turning into liberals I could get behind it.

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  16. Jethro

    January 14th, 2013

    definitely….I need glasses!

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  17. Bob M.

    January 14th, 2013

    Obamakare will simply REQUIRE this… >:-(

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  18. bubba

    January 14th, 2013

    bubba wonders, where was God in their lives? bubba says they abandoned God. God did not abandon them.

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  19. even steven

    January 14th, 2013

    Their ghoulish “doctor” must have attended the Josef Mengele School of Medicine.

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  20. shakazulu

    January 14th, 2013

    Big Brother loves these two boys. Their faces will be posted on the hallways of every state run center of health care in the new Amerika.

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  21. reddecaesari

    January 14th, 2013

    by their death, they also removed the possibility of others providing compassion and service.

    life is a journey, without warranty. any of us could lose our lives, limbs, hearing, sight, etc.
    how we handle those matters defines us. be careful how you handle your own “cross”.

    clearly these two men felt despair. tragic.

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  22. Corona

    January 15th, 2013

    You know what? If they wanna die, let them fucking die. I only wish many more progressives would take that choice. Save me some ammo.

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  23. sablegsd

    January 15th, 2013

    Sick.

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  24. MaryfromMarin

    January 15th, 2013

    This seems particularly appropriate:
    ___________________________________________

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
    Because their words had forked no lightning they
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
    And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
    Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    And you, my father, there on the sad height,
    Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray,
    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    –Dylan Thomas–

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  25. MaryfromMarin

    January 15th, 2013

    @reddecaesari–

    You mentioned about them feeling despair. I read the article, but did not see that spelled out, per se. In fact, I was struck by the lack of information about their states of mind at all. Someone else said they were “suffering”. But what did THEY think? Were they persuaded that this would be “best” for everyone concerned?

    So I wonder: whose idea was it really, that they should die?

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  26. scr_north

    January 15th, 2013

    Holy crap. These two brothers never received the psych help that they so very much needed and the doctors that approved this had their roots in Buchenwald.

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  27. conservative cowgirl

    January 15th, 2013

    I was disgusted by the way the story was presented as a touching little story with a happy ending. How sick is that?! There are people who really do suffer from diseases or conditions that FIGHT to live. This is so twisted. The ‘doctor’ was despicable to agree to killing them.

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  28. conservative cowgirl

    January 15th, 2013

    Also, I think it says a lot about how that culture looks at infirmities. If a human isn’t perfect, it is preferable to kill them?! This is appalling.

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  29. conservative cowgirl

    January 15th, 2013

    Here is another article where a member of the Belgian Commission of Killing People Perceived as Useless (actually Belgian Commission of Euthanasia) says that the twins ‘had no prospects of a future’. As Clyde mentioned, what about Helen Keller?

    http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/14/16507519-faced-with-blindness-deaf-twins-choose-euthanasia?lite

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  30. Unruly Refugee

    January 15th, 2013

    How is this not murder? The doctor killed human beings.

    And, yes, did anybody try to communicate to them about Helen Keller?

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  31. Frosteetoes

    January 15th, 2013

    Helen Keller? Some of us on FB share a friend who is blind, deaf and autistic. With the exception of the autism he damaged himself on two suicide attempts. Of course he regrets it now but he has a better outlook on life and has moved forward. He’s an inspiration.

    Why is it that these desperate people don’t consider what awaits them in the after life if they take their own lives or consent to having someone do it for them? What kind of ghoulish society celebrates this sort of thing? In the not too distant future this will be involuntary and the most vulnerable of society will fall victim to this.

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  32. AbigailAdams

    January 15th, 2013

    I’m quite certain they both regretted their decision as they slipped their earthly coil. What a surprise that must have been.

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  33. Joe

    January 15th, 2013

    Life is so precious. RWF and Bad Brad: I went through that with my parents, took care of them for 10 years at home with assistance; lost them less than 2 years apart and my heart still hurts at their going home. Mom has been gone 7 years and dad 5; I know where they are, with Jesus, but it doesn’t make the physical loss any easier. Christmas and the holidays will never be the same for me again.

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  34. Dan Ryan Galt

    January 15th, 2013

    Retro-Active abortions?

    This is covered under Obama Care right?

    Not showing this to my adult children. Wouldn’t want em to get the wrong idea.

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  35. Sum Random Guy

    January 15th, 2013

    I am in the minority here. These two men were of age and of sound mental state. They decided that early termination was a better choice than going on to see life to the end.
    Folks, I don’t expect you all to understand this but “living” in a cold dark shell with nothing to go on but touch alone isn’t “living”, it’s surviving, at best. They may live in the same house but each and every moment of their meek existence is like two ships passing in the night. Neither one aware that the other is only feet away.
    I would like all of you to try an experiment. Put in some ear plugs and turn out the lights. Now try to get dressed. Then try to use the bathroom. Now try and make a sandwich. Now how do you feel about it?
    Folks, you may love God, you may cherish life, but FORCING someone else to endure a living hell because YOU can’t deal with the thought of someone taking their life is SELFISH. You can’t tell the Left; “you can’t tell me how to live” in one breath and then say “You can’t take your own life” in the next. It sounds hypocritical and wrong.
    Don’t worry about their souls, some people can’t be saved; some don’t want to be saved. It’s not your crusade to save them either.

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  36. ingvard

    January 15th, 2013

    Soylent Green Must be shown to every middle schooler, to help our Grand Old Republic survive.

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  37. Billy Fuster

    January 15th, 2013

    If a person is rational and chooses to end their life for whatever reason, fine. It is their life.

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  38. AbigailAdams

    January 15th, 2013

    Couldn’t disagree more. Human life is precious. Christians do have a responsibility to bring people to Christ. It really isn’t “their life”.

    Interesting that their external infirmities reflected their internal state of being. Unseeing, unhearing.

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