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Aurelia's story is a confusing development in an uncomfortable debate

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12.08.2018

THE case of Aurelia Brouwers has been back in the news recently, as debate continues about the decision to grant the 29-year-old the right to euthanasia – despite not being terminally ill.

It was in January this year that Brouwers took her final breaths in Holland, where euthanasia is legal. Only a month or so before, she received the news that her request to die had been granted. It’s reported that she died clutching a toy dinosaur, with some close friends around her.

There’s no doubt that Brouwers suffered in her life. She had experienced prolonged psychiatric problems, and had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, as well as forms of depression and psychosis. She’d spent a lengthy period in a psychiatric hospital and tried multiple treatments.

It’s clear that she felt there was no hope left for her. She spoke of the pain she was in and how difficult her life was. Indeed, she even documented her journey on social media, and posted in the days leading up to her death.

I feel great sympathy for Brouwers and the situation she was in. With a condition so severe, I dread to imagine how difficult every hour of every day must have become. But with that said, I’m utterly appalled that........

© Herald Scotland