End of care causes 'quarter' of Belgian deaths

25th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 March 2005, BRUSSELS – As the United States is gripped by the story of Terri Schiavo, a new study has revealed 27 percent of Belgian deaths come as a result of a deliberate decision to end medical care, it emerged on Friday.

25 March 2005

BRUSSELS – As the United States is gripped by the story of Terri Schiavo, a new study has revealed 27 percent of Belgian deaths come as a result of a deliberate decision to end medical care, it emerged on Friday.

According to a study by researchers at the VUB university in Brussels, 27 percent of deaths in Belgium occur either because of a decision to withdraw medical care or a decision not to begin it in the first place, the Belga news agency reported.

The study is based on a sample of 1,577 medical decisions.

Brain damaged US woman Terri Schiavo has been in a vegetative state since she collapsed in 1990.

Last Friday doctors removed her feeding tube in accordance with the wishes of her husband, who said she should be allowed to die with dignity.

But her parents and many high profile US conservatives including President George W Bush say the decision was wrong and argue Ms Schiavo should be kept alive.

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Subject: Belgian news

 

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