A gay men was not ready to accept his sexuality, so he asked doctors for help in ending up his life. The man, from Belgium, is the subject of a BBC report which says that his request for euthanasia had been accepted “initially”. Only identified as Sebastien, the 39-year-old faces further legal tests to see whether taking his own life is legal.
According to the BBC: “Sébastien’s request for euthanasia has been accepted initially.”
He told the BBC: “The moment when they put the drip in my arm – I’m not worried about that… For me, it’s just a kind of anaesthesia.” My whole life has led me to this, really,” he adds. “My mother had dementia, so I wasn’t right, mentally. All that was instilled in me, so I was extremely lonely, extremely withdrawn, very inhibited physically – scared to go out, scared of being seen, all the time scared, hugely shy. And growing up, I met a boy and I fell crazy in love. We were both 15. And it was just unbearable for me, you know? I didn’t want to be gay. In order to have his request granted, the man must prove that he has “constant and unbearable physical or mental suffering”.
Belgium’s euthanasia law requires two doctors to sign off that a patient can take their own life. In cases where there is a psychiatric concern, three doctors must sign off, and those requesting euthanasia must be legally competent and conscious.