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Woman Chooses Euthanasia

"I have never been happy - I don't know the concept of happiness"

By SUGANYA RPublished 14 days ago 3 min read
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A Dutch woman with incurable mental health issues decides to end her life by euthanasia

The surgery is scheduled to happen at ter Beek's residence. Her physician will give her a sedative initially, then give her drugs to stop her heart.

The Free Press reports that Zoraya ter Beek, a 28-year-old Dutch lady, will be put to death in May as a result of serious mental health issues. Throughout her life, Ter Beek has struggled with depression, autism, and borderline personality disorder. She believes there is no way to address her mental disorder, even though she has a kind boyfriend and dogs.

Ter Beek was told by the doctors that he had no more alternatives for treatment. This is consistent with an increasing tendency in the Netherlands, where it is legal to end life. Choosing to terminate one's suffering from mental health difficulties is becoming more common than putting up with them.

Debate has been spurred by Ter Beek's case. Some think it exposes an alarming pattern in which medical practitioners are turning more and more frequently to euthanasia as a solution for mental health issues. Some contend that it gives patients who are near death greater autonomy over their last moments.

As a result of various mental health conditions like anxiety or despair, which are made worse by social media, climate change, economic uncertainty, and other concerns, more people are choosing to terminate their lives, according to a report by The Free Press.

Theological University Kampen in the Netherlands healthcare ethicist Stef Groenewoud told the source, "I see euthanasia as some sort of acceptable option brought to the table by physicians, by psychiatrists, when previously it was the ultimate last resort."

"I see the phenomenon, especially in people with psychiatric diseases and especially in young people with psychiatric disorders, where the healthcare professional seems to give up on them more easily than before," she stated.

The surgery is scheduled to happen at ter Beek's residence. Her physician will give her a sedative initially, then give her drugs to stop her heart. Her partner will support her. Ter Beek's remains will be burned and dispersed in a specific area of the forest.

The Free Press reports that Zoraya ter Beek, a 28-year-old Dutch lady, will be put to death in May as a result of serious mental health issues. Throughout her life, Ter Beek has struggled with depression, autism, and borderline personality disorder.

"At the age of 29, I have made the decision to end my life freely. I choose this since I struggle with mental health issues a lot. I am in excruciating pain and have no hope. Each breath I take is excruciating.

For two weeks leading up to her scheduled death date of 2 p.m. on Friday, January 26, Aurelia was being filmed by a crew from the Dutch television network RTL Nieuws. She crossed out on a whiteboard at her house.

She liked Deventer and enjoyed spending her final weeks there with her loved ones, crafting, and bicycling. She also went to the crematorium, which was her funeral home of choice.

Her narrative is characteristically Dutch in many respects. Most nations forbid euthanasia; however, in the Netherlands, a physician may perform euthanasia on a patient if they determine that their suffering is "unbearable with no prospect of improvement" and that there is "no reasonable alternative in the patient's situation."

When a patient is in excruciating agony and has received a terminal diagnosis from an incurable cancer, these standards might be easier to apply. Furthermore, patients suffering from physical illnesses accounted for the great majority of the 6,585 euthanasia deaths that occurred in the Netherlands in 2017. However, 83 individuals were put to death due to mental distress. Thus, these individuals, such as Aurelia, did not always have fatal conditions.

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SUGANYA R

I am worker, i live ordinary life, i love to sing and i love go out different places, i having hobby to capture of good photos, love to eat.

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