Paralympic gold medallist Marieke Vervoort ends life through euthanasia

epa05533654 Belgium's Marieke Vervoort celebrates the bronze medal after the Women's 400m T51/52 during the Rio 2016 Paralympics Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 10 September 2016. EPA/MARCELO SAYAO

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Belgian Paralympian Marieke Vervoort has ended her own life through euthanasia.

The 40-year-old – who had an incurable degenerative muscle disease – won gold and silver at the London 2012 Paralympics, and two further medals at Rio 2016.

Vervoort’s disease caused constant pain, seizures, paralysis in her legs and left her barely able to sleep.

Euthanasia is legal in Belgium and in 2008 the athlete signed papers which would at some stage allow a doctor to end her life.

During the build-up to Rio, Vervoort said she was considering euthanasia and that the 2016 Olympics was her “last wish”.

She told reporters at the time: “You have to live day-by-day and enjoy the little moments.

Via Sky News

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