Paralympic champion from Belgium died by euthanasia
The champion of Paralympics 2012 Marika the Vervortom died as a result of euthanasia on 22 October, reports The Guardian. Belgian athlete, competing in wheelchair racing, was 40 years old.
The vervortom signed the consent form for voluntary withdrawal from life, which allowed the laws of Belgium, in 2008. The athlete suffered from an incurable muscle disease, which had a constant pain.
According to Vervortom, the pain she almost couldn’t sleep and took large amounts of painkillers. In addition, she suffered from bouts of epilepsy — during one of them in 2014, the athlete received burns to the legs.
In the course of his career Vervortom won gold and silver at the Paralympics 2012 in London, as well as a silver and a bronze medal at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.