Marc and Eddy Verbessem, from Belgium, were euthanized due to their impending blindness. According to a report dated Jan. 14 in The Telegraph, the twins had first been denied to be killed by legal euthanasia by Belgian doctors.
Both of the twins were deaf and learned that they would soon be going blind. Despite Belgian law that states the person seeking euthanasia must be in unbearable pain, Marc and Eddy Verbessem we both killed last December.
“That is messed up,” Tyrone Williams, from Oklahoma City, said. “I can't imagine killing someone because they are going blind. Think of Helen Keller. She did great things despite being blind, deaf and mute. It wasn't easy, but she did it. And, inspired others to do things that seem impossible.”
The twins finally found doctors who was willing to euthanize them. The doctors were at the Brussels University Hospital in Jette. The doctors accepted the argument that Marc and Eddy Verbessem couldn't bear not to be able to see each other and euthanized them using a lethal injection.
The twins had always lived together, sharing an apartment in Putte, Belgium, and both working as cobblers. Their parents were opposed to euthanasia, but their older brother defended their decision.
Shortly after Marc and Eddy Verbessem were euthanized, Belgium passed a new law regarding euthanasia. It is now legal to euthanize those with Alzheimer's as well as children.