Sunday, February 6, 2011

Doctors Do Not Report on Euthanasia of Handicapped Children

A report by a committee of experts mentions that during the years 2009 and 2010 only one case of euthanasia of a handicapped baby had been reported to it. The commission says that this is partly the result of the fact that there is great discrepancy between medical doctors as to when children suffer from unbearable pain without any hope of recovery. The commission has visited all neo-natal intensive care units in the Netherlands which treat prematurely born and severely handicapped babies. It discussed a fictitious case of the treatment of a patient which the commission considers active euthanasia, which should be reported. A minority of the specialized medical doctors however, considered it a natural death which should not be reported.

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