Saturday, November 26, 2005

Doc kills self after euthanizing depressed woman

Euthanasia Doctor Commits Suicide after Finding Patient He Killed Was Not Terminally Ill
ZURICH, November 21, 2005 ( - A doctor acting for the Swiss euthanasia group, Dignitas, has committed suicide after learning that a German woman he euthanized was not terminally ill. .... The 69-year-old woman contacted Dignitas with a medical report stating she had terminal liver cirrhosis; an autopsy conducted later in Germany revealed the woman was in good health other than depression, and that the medical report was falsified. The woman, whose name was withheld, allegedly convinced her German GP to falsify the report so that she could get sick leave from work.

What's also disturbing is that the founder of the euthanasia group defended the whole incident: "The doctor's report that I was given indicated the woman was suffering from cirrhosis of the liver as well as hepatitis. And in any case every person in Europe has the right to choose to die, even if they are not terminally ill." What powerful compassion this guy has for people with depression! Last year this same guy told the Telegraph that Dignitas would kill anybody who asked for death, "irrespective of medical condition. It does not matter what people are suffering from, we do not refuse anyone."


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