Belgian Paralympics wheelchair athlete, Marieke Vervoot, decided in 2008 to complete the paperwork and gather signatures for euthanasia.

Before the start of the competition in Brazil she told the Belgian press she was considering taking her life after Rio. Born in Diest in 1979, when Vervoot was 20 she was diagnosed with a degenerative muscle disease, which causes painful seizures, walking disruption and paralysis.

In spite of the disease, Vervoort was able to be a successful athlete. In f...


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