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    Deaf Twins Going Blind Euthanized By Russell Goldman ... http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/01/belgium-euthanizes-deaf-twins-going-blind/ Two deaf twin
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      Deaf Twins Going Blind Euthanized
      By Russell Goldman

      | ABC News – 8 hrs ago

      http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/01/belgium-euthanizes-deaf-twins-going-blind/

      Two deaf twin brothers in Belgium were euthanized by their doctor after
      realizing they were going blind and would be unable to see each other ever
      again, their physician says. The 45-year-old men, whose names have not been
      made public, were legally put to death by lethal injection at the Brussels
      University Hospital in Jette, on Dec. 14.

      The men, who were born deaf, had a cup of coffee and said goodbye to other
      family members before walking into hospital room together to die, their
      doctor told Belgian television station RTL. "They were very happy. It was a
      relief to see the end of their suffering," said Dr. David Dufour. "They had
      a cup of coffee in the hall. It went well and a rich conversation. Then the
      separation from their parents and brother was very serene and beautiful," he
      said. "At the last there was a little wave of their hands and then they were
      gone,"

      More than 1,000 people legally availed themselves of doctor-assisted deaths
      in Belgium in 2011, most of them were terminally ill cancer patients. The
      brothers are unique in that their illness was not terminal. Belgian law,
      however, allows doctors to euthanize "suffering" patients who are both
      mentally sound, over 18 and want to die. Belgian lawmakers are considering a
      law that would extend euthanasia to dementia patients and children, whose
      families and doctors consented.
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