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Marieke Vervoort ends life through euthanasia at age of 40

The paralympic athlete Marieke Vervoot ended her life at the age of 40 through euthanasia. He suffered from an incurable degenerative muscle disease

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Marieke Vervoort ends life through euthanasia at age of 40

The paralympic athlete Marieke Vervoort ended her life at the age of 40 through euthanasia.

The sportswoman, who in her career won gold and silver at the London 2012 Paralympics and two medals at Rio 2016, suffered from an incurable degenerative muscle disease. For this reason in 2008 she signed the euthanasia papers, which is legal in Belgium. At the age of 40, she decided to end her life.

As the athlete herself had stated in an interview, her condition caused her so much pain and over time had paralyzed her arms and legs. During an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live she had declared:

“I can feel that I feel very bad, I get an epileptic attack, I cry, I scream because of pain. I need a lot of painkillers, valium, morphine. A people of me ask me how it is possible that you are having good results and still be smiling with the pain and medication that you eat your muscles for me, sports, and racing with a wheelchair – it’s a kind of medication. “

Today Vervoort has decided to stop suffering and end her life. A decision matured over time that certainly gave her that peace that her illness had long since taken from her.

The city of Diest mourns its athlete today and in these hours many people are expressing their pain at her death.

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