TRANSSEXUAL DIES BY EUTHANASIA AFTER SEX OP GOES WRONG – There is nothing, according to mankind and all religious texts, more precious than the life of a human being.
This story is one of deep sadness; for writing about a person’s death, regardless of whether we know that person or not, is always tragic and never more so than when that person takes their own life.
We have grown to accept that some people are not comfortable with how they are or indeed the gender into which they were born. This specific topic has seen a rise in awareness and plight of transsexuals and a growing acceptance that medical procedures are available that will make a person’s life complete.
Nathan Verhelst, 44, was born Nancy but from an early age she felt that a boy was trapped inside of a girl’s body.
Over the years, Nathan underwent psychological testing and then a number of surgical procedures to finally make the transition from girl to boy.
It should have been a time of jubilation and triumph; for now Nathan was the man he always wanted to be – or hoped he would be.
Unfortunately the operations didn’t go to plan and Nathan felt such deep psychological grief, for what he referred to as a ‘botched operation’ he decided to end his own life and therefore applied to the courts for an assisted suicide – Nathan’s request was granted.
According to Nathan, the operations left him looking like a monster and he simply couldn’t face living life with what he had become. Yesterday, on the grounds of ‘unbearable psychological suffering’ Nathan was given a lethal injection, administered by a doctor, and was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
It is, in meebal.com’s view, a tragic tale and one that hits at the very heart of humanity; for the debate on euthanasia openly questions the moral ethics of life – that is should we be given a free choice or should no person have the right to end their own lives; regardless of their suffering or it being sanctioned by the courts?
Meebal.com broached this subject last month in an article titled ‘Should Assisted Suicide Be Made Legal?’ after Professor Stephen Hawking provided a view that such a practice should be allowed for those with a condition that will not improve and where the human suffering is unbearable.
According to Belgium Government records, nearly one in fifty deaths in the country are a direct result of euthanasia or assisted suicide.
Assisted deaths are now again being brought into controversy due to the high levels with many asking whether all or any are necessary.
Currently Belgium is the second country in the world, after the Netherlands, to allow legalised euthanasia and in Belgium there has been a 25 per cent increase in cases in the last year alone; in 2012 some 1,432 people were euthanized in Belgium.
There are, according to the Belgium Government, strict guidelines and legal rules that must be satisfied before any case of euthanasia is permitted. These include that a person must be fully conscious and of sound mind to make an informed decision.
Patients must also be seen to be subjected to unbearable pain, psychological suffering or an incurable illness.
More controversy has recently arisen as the Belgium Government is now considering allowing cases of euthanasia for persons under the age of eighteen. There are pro-life advocates that strongly oppose the move as they state that no person under the age of eighteen could possibly comprehend the gravity of their request.
Like many subjects that concern humanity as a whole, the issue of euthanasia will continue to be debated and regardless of an individual’s feelings there are, and will remain, strong evidence to support the case of euthanasia either way.
We must consider that no person should have the right to take their own life. Life after all is a precious gift that is far too short as it is. On the other side there are those who suffer terribly, both mentally and physically and find their suffering simply unbearable – it could be so easily agreed that such people should have the right to end their suffering.