Deaf twins were euthanized in Belgium after the 45-year-old brothers realized they were going blind, Christian Post reports Jan. 15. The news was too much for them to handle, so they opted to die together instead.
Marc and Eddy Verbessem had an incurable disease that would prohibit them from seeing and communicating with one another. The thought of that was unbearable for them. Marc and Eddy lived their entire lives together, working and never marrying.
On Dec. 14 the twins had a cup of coffee, talked, and said their goodbyes to each other before they were lethally injected. The doctor who was there for the euthanasia said the separation from their parents and brother was "very serene and beautiful." The twins gave one last wave to them and "they were gone."
Belgium is one of two countries that allow euthanasia, but it's restricted to people over the age of 18. A doctor must also determine if the patient is suffering unbearable pain. Although the deaf twin brothers weren't physically in pain, it leaned more on the side of "mercy killing."
It's a controversial issue and one the majority of countries don't legally allow.