Marieke Vervoort: Paralympic gold medallist ends life through euthanasia

Marieke Vervoort: Paralympic gold medallist ends life through euthanasia
By: World News Posted On: October 22, 2019 View: 29

Marieke Vervoort: Paralympic gold medallist ends life through euthanasia

Belgian Paralympian Marieke Vervoort has ended her own life through euthanasia.

The 40-year-old - who had an incurable degenerative muscle disease - won gold and silver at the London 2012 Paralympics, and two further medals at Rio 2016.

Euthanasia is legal in Belgium and in 2008 the athlete signed papers which would at some stage allow a doctor to end her life.

Marieke Vervoort
Image: She described the Rio Games as her 'last wish'

During the build-up to the Rio, Vervoort said she was considering euthanasia and that the 2016 Games was her "last wish".

She told reporters at the time: "You have to live day-by-day and enjoy the little moments.

"When the day comes - when I have more bad days than good days - I have my euthanasia papers. But the time is not there yet."

A statement from her home city of Diest said Vervoort "responded to her choice on Tuesday evening", and that a book of condolence is available in its town hall.

Vervoort's disease caused constant pain, seizures, paralysis in her legs and left her barely able to sleep.

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