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Breaking Taboo: 28-Year-Old Dutch Woman Chooses Euthanasia for Unbearable Mental Health Struggles

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 3, 2024
Dutch Woman Opts for Euthanasia Because of Incurable Mental Health Challenges

Stef Groenewoud, a healthcare ethicist, has observed that healthcare professionals may be more willing to consider euthanasia as an option for young people with psychiatric disorders. This trend is becoming increasingly common in the Netherlands, where euthanasia is legal and more individuals are choosing to end their suffering from mental health issues rather than endure them.

Zoraya ter Beek, a 28-year-old Dutch woman, has decided to undergo euthanasia due to severe mental health struggles. Despite having a loving boyfriend and pets, she has battled depression, autism, and borderline personality disorder throughout her life. Ter Beek feels that her mental illness is untreatable, as doctors have informed her that there are no further treatment options available to her.

Her decision has sparked debate among healthcare professionals and the public. Some see it as a concerning trend of readily resorting to euthanasia for mental health problems, while others argue that it grants terminally ill patients more control over their final days.

The procedure for ter Beek’s euthanasia will take place at home, with her boyfriend by her side. Her doctor will administer a sedative, followed by medication to stop her heart. Afterwards, ter Beek will be cremated, and her ashes will be scattered in a designated forest spot. The Netherlands legalized euthanasia in 2001 and since then the number of euthanasia deaths has steadily increased. This has led to criticism from those who believe the law encourages suicide but Ter Beek addressed these concerns on social media before taking a leave of absence.

By Samantha Nguyen

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