A Dutch teenager starves herself to death, without informing the parents of her decision.
Noa Pothoven’s death “was associated with profound psychological suffering after experiencing sexual abuse at ages 11 and 12 and a double rape when she was 14.”
She wanted to be euthanised – but she couldn’t, as she was under the age of 21, which is the legal limit for patients suffering from “serious dementia” to limit their lives, to euthanize herself, according to Dutch laws.
She wanted to die, the pain crushed her. “When the medical caretakers and family accepted medics and her family that the girl should ‘refrain from eating and drinking to hasten death,’ as the procedure is known in the Netherlands.”