Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Kelly is physically healthyJust as you thought you heard it all, Kelly, a 23-year-old physically healthy woman who lives in Leuven Belgium, has asked to die by euthanasia (lethal injection) for psychiatric reasons.
In an interview with Ian Birrell, for the Daily Mail
, Kelly speaks about seeking euthanasia for psychological pain, even though experts agree that young people will often get better with treatment. Birrell reports
Many psychiatrists and most Belgians oppose extension of euthanasia to mental health cases. Some experts argue diagnosis is subjective, unlike severe physical illness, and insist the lives of distressed younger patients can improve with time, therapy and medication. Yet Kelly, whose birthday is this week, plans to die as soon as legally possible so has no time for such arguments. 'It feels like discrimination,' she said. 'It makes me angry. It's just not fair. They don't understand the pain. 'People look at me and see someone so young but I feel bad inside all the time. It is not the age that is important but the suffering of the person.'Kelly has an identical twin sister who will suffer greatly if Kelly dies by euthanasia. Birrell explains that Kelly had not yet told her family her plan to die by euthanasia.
Kelly lives with her family near Leuven – yet incredibly had not told her parents,