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Thu Sep 12, 2019, 12:15 PM

Dutch court clears doctor in landmark euthanasia trial

This seems...odd.

A Dutch doctor was acquitted Wednesday in a landmark trial that prosecutors and physicians hope will help clarify how the country's 2002 euthanasia law can be applied to people with severe dementia.

The doctor, who was not named in court, was cleared of any wrongdoing in carrying out euthanasia three years ago on a 74-year-old woman. The patient was given fatal doses of drugs despite some indications she might have changed her mind since declaring in writing that she wanted euthanasia.

More: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-09-dutch-court-doctor-landmark-euthanasia.html

This part in particular:

The doctor was accused of not acting with due care because, prosecutors alleged, she made insufficient efforts to find out whether the patient still wanted to die. To carry out the euthanasia, the physician drugged the patient's coffee without her knowledge and then had family members restrain the woman while delivering the fatal injection.

This doesn't quite sound like "death with dignity".

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Dr. Strange Sep 12 OP
get the red out Sep 12 #1

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Thu Sep 12, 2019, 12:40 PM

1. Hard to know

My Mom refused an injection to help with arthritis in her knee a few weeks ago. She can still talk and walk and those kinds of things, but without the dementia she there would have been no way she would have rejected the injection knowing it could help her walk easier.

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