A 17-year-old Dutch girl died on June 2, 2019, through legal euthanasia in her home in the Netherlands.
Noa Pothoven, as a young child, was raped and said she no longer wanted to live. Pothoven died in her living room in a hospital bed with the assistance of an end-of-life clinic.
Pothoven was granted permission for euthanasia. The teenager said she no longer wanted to live after she was raped on three occasions starting when she was 11 years old.
Euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands under the Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide Act.
Under the Act, Euthanasia needs to be approved by a medical professional, and an expert must conclude that the suffering of the patient is unbearable, and there is no hope of improvement. Children as young as 12 can be granted euthanasia if they desire.
The day before she died, Pothaven wrote on her Instagram about her decision to end her life. She said:
I have deliberated for a long time whether I should tell you this, and have decided I should.
It may come to a surprise to some people, but I have planned to do this for a very long time, and I am not doing this on impulse.
Pothoven said that she would not beat around the bush adding:
In about ten days, I will kill myself. After many years of fighting and battling, I am now drained. I have stopped drinking and eating for a while, and after several evaluations and discussions, it has been agreed that I can do this because of my suffering is now unbearable.
Continuing she said that even though she was alive, she only felt as if she was surviving. Furthermore, she wrote that she breathes, but no longer has the desire to live.
Pothoven ended by saying people should not convince her not to do this, and she and finally made her decision. She told everybody that in this case, love is letting her go.
Pothoven wrote an autobiography about her life entitled “Winning or Learning,” discussing her mental illness and battles with anorexia after being raped as a child.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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