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Assisted dying should not be a solution to problems we have caused – Prof David A Jones

Nathan Verhelst had an unhappy upbringing. By his own account, “While my brothers were celebrated, I got a storage room above the garage as a bedroom.” He was “the girl that nobody wanted”. As an adult he transitioned and had hormone replacement and surgery. However, he was dismayed by his appearance after surgery and feared being seen as a “monster”. He requested euthanasia for his psychological suffering and in 2013, at the age of 44, he was given a lethal injection. His mother, interviewed after his death, said that “Her [sic] death does not bother me. I feel no sorrow, no doubt or remorse. We never had a bond.”

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