Belgium: Shanti, victim of the Brussels attacks, was sacrificed at the age of 23

This March 22, 2016, Shanti De Corte, 17, was going to fly to Rome for a graduation trip. With her classmates, she was in the airport hall when the terrorists detonated bombs, a few meters from her. The teen escaped without physical injury. But she never recovered from the trauma. Last May, Fleming was euthanized in Belgium, surrounded by her family, various Belgian media, including RTBF, report.

After several requests for euthanasia were denied, the young woman ended up “leaving in peace.” “I laughed and cried until the last day,” she wrote on her Facebook page as an epitaph (the content was removed Thursday). I loved and was allowed to feel what true love was. (…) Now I will go in peace, I know I already miss you. »

For years, Shanti De Corte tried to get out of there. A few weeks after the attacks in Brussels at the airport and in the subway, which cost the lives of 32 people, the teenager is hospitalized in a psychiatric structure. She goes to and from the hospital, she swallows up to eleven antidepressants for breakfast. “I couldn’t do without him,” she confesses on Facebook, which she uses as her journal.

When Shanti is better, she overflows with projects, telling the press that she wants to “live and help others. Become living proof that you can recover from everything, depression and trauma. Those moments never lasted long. She attempted suicide in 2020. her drug treatment increased. Those around her are worried: Shanti has already made several requests for euthanasia due to unalterable psychic suffering. They all refused.

An offer of care rejected by the young woman

Alerted by this situation, a therapist from Ostend makes an offer of care to the young woman, reports RTBF. “I was informed that Shanti was suffering from a complex trauma and that the only solution that she has been offered at this time is the acceptance of her request for euthanasia,” he wrote to the psychiatrist treating her. Without obviously questioning this solution a priori, my experience in victimology raises some questions for me. This is why I would like to meet Shanti if you agree when she is in Ostend the week of April 25th. »

But Shanti De Corte’s psychiatrist rejects the proposal. “Dear Mrs. Neyrolles, I have transferred her proposal to the patient and the medical team that treats her,” she replied. Mademoiselle De Corte asks me to tell you that she is not interested in your proposal. »

The student then contacts Leif, an association that defends the right to die with dignity. Last April he submitted a new request for euthanasia due to irrevocable mental suffering. This time, two psychiatrists validate it.

“The young woman was in such psychological distress that logically her request was accepted,” the Federal Commission for the Control and Evaluation of Euthanasia justifies the RTBF. A judicial investigation into the euthanasia of Shanti De Corte would have been opened in the Antwerp prosecutor’s office. Contacted by the Belgian media, the prosecution did not confirm the information.

This story resurfaces as the European Court of Human Rights condemned Brussels on Tuesday for “failures” in the post facto control of euthanasia. Belgium and the Netherlands were the first two European countries 20 years ago to authorize euthanasia, that is, death caused by a caregiver at the request of a patient.

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