Belgian youth claims trauma after terrorist attack and dies with euthanasia authorization


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Shanti foi vítima de ataque terrorista em Bruxelas, em 2016, e ficou traumatizada.

Shanti was the victim of a terrorist attack in Brussels in
, and was traumatized.| Photo: Reproduction / Twitter

The Belgian Shanti de Corte, from 13 years, obtained authorization for euthanasia after declaring “unbearable psychological suffering”. Victim of Islamic State terrorist attacks in Brussels in 1200 , over 32 dead and

injured, the young woman underwent therapeutic treatments and was admitted to psychiatric hospitals, but decided to die last Friday (), alongside family members.

According to the Belgian newspaper RTBF, a teacher at the school Shanti was a part of at the time described that in adolescence the girl already suffered from some disorders , which worsened after the terrorist attack. Shanti was with colleagues at Zaventem airport, preparing for a trip to Italy, when two terrorists set off explosives a few meters from the students.

She made some suicide attempts and formalized euthanasia requests (when a third party is allowed to provoke a painless death) that were refused. With a request made in April of this year, signed by two psychiatrists and supported by an association specializing in euthanasia and assisted suicide, the young Belgian obtained a permit.

Belgian neurologist Paul Denterne commented to the local newspaper that this was not the ideal recommendation for the young, because “there were other medical care that could have been proposed”.

The federal commission responsible for the matter announced that the law respected that “the young woman was in such great psychological suffering that her demand was logically accepted”.

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