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Deaf Belgian Twins, 45, Permitted Euthanasia After Blindess Sets In

Identical Belgian twin brothers, born deaf, becoming blind and unable to bear not being able to see and hear each other, had their wish to die granted in a case testing the boundaries of legal euthanasia.

Doctors gave the 45-year-old twins lethal injections after they had had a cup of coffee together and said goodbye to each other, a spokesman at the UZ Brussel hospital said on Monday.

"It's not simply that they were deaf and blind that they were granted the right to euthanasia. It is that they could no longer bear being unable to hear or see the other," he said.

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    Usually it's the other way around and you become suicidal at the thought of having to look at and listen to someone that you're inescapably close to.

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