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Netherlands: Dementia patient euthanised despite saying she ‘didn’t want to die’

February 2019

A doctor has been charged with unlawfully ending a patient’s life in the first case of its kind since euthanasia was legalised in the Netherlands in 2002.

The nursing home doctor, who remains anonymous, administered a lethal injection to a 74-year-old dementia patient despite the fact that her will was ‘unclear and contradictory’.

Prosecutors have said that the doctor had ‘not acted carefully’ and ‘overstepped a line’.

Though the dementia-sufferer had earlier expressed a desire for euthanasia when ‘the time was right’, in the days before she was killed, she had said she did not want to die.