Belgian Paralympic Gold Medalist Dies by Euthanasia :- Belgian Paralympian Marieke Vervoort died by euthanasia on Tuesday at the age of 40 after a battle with an incurable and degenerative spinal condition which she has described by her after winning the medals as becoming unbearable day by day.
Belgian Paralympic Gold Meadalist Dies
Speaking in Rio in 2016, she said “This is my last Paralympic Games. I have a progressive disease and I signed my euthanasia papers already, in 2008, because it’s really, really hard to handle, and to suffer from this disease.”
She also told that without the papers, she would probably have already committed suicide because “it’s very hard to live with so much pain and suffering and this unsureness.”
Vervoort, who won Paralympic gold in the 100 meters wheelchair race in the London Games in 2012, had signed euthanasia papers in 2008 in Belgium, where it is legal, and died in accordance with her wishes late on Tuesday. Vervoort spent her last night surrounded by friends and family, sipping on sparkling wine, just as she planned.
Vervoort, who was also a silver medalist in London and in Rio in 2016, was diagnosed with the painful condition as a teenager and retired from competition after the Rio Games. She advocated dialogue on assisted dying in countries around the world.
marieke vervoort dies at age of 40
Vervoort also suffered epileptic seizures — and in one case in 2014, a seizure caused her to spill boiling water on her legs while cooking pasta. She suffered major injuries and was hospitalized for several months as a result.
Belgium’s royal family said on Twitter, “Marieke ‘Wielemie’ Vervoort was an athlete of iron strength and a great lady. Her death affects us deeply.”
The town of Diest in northern Belgium, where Vervoort was born wrote a condolence message on its website. The town said, “Despite her physical limitations she had an impressive sporting career. Marieke chose euthanasia a few years ago and followed through on her choice on Tuesday evening.”