Noa Pothoven received her wish to die last week at the age of 17 due to “unbearable” pain she felt from being sexually assaulted twice as a child and brutally raped at the age of 14. The teenager suffered from physical and psychological illnesses including depression, anorexia and post-traumatic stress. “After years of battling and fighting, I am drained,” she wrote on Instagram.
What circumstances permit euthanasia in the Netherlands? Children as young as 12 can seek assisted suicide with parental consent if they meet strict legal requirements and get approval from two doctors and a panel of experts.