French man with four personalities persuades Belgian doctors to help him die

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A French woman known to have four personalities is in contact with Belgian medical staff to perform ‘assisted suicide’ at the end of this year, but the Belgian medical team has given a negative stance.

The British Daily Mail reported on the 24th (local time) about French influencer Olympe, who suffers from severe ‘dissociative identity disorder’. Olympe, who is known to have four personalities, announced through his social media (SNS) that he plans to carry out euthanasia through ‘assisted suicide’ at the end of this year.

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‘Assisted suicide’ is a type of euthanasia. Unlike ‘indirect euthanasia’, in which life expectancy is shortened unintentionally during the treatment process, or ‘passive euthanasia’, in which life-sustaining treatment is abandoned and left unattended, ‘poisoning’ or ‘lethal dose’ It is an active form of euthanasia that artificially shortens life by administering ‘drugs’. In most countries, including South Korea and France, it is prohibited by law, but in some countries, such as Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland, assisted suicide can be performed if certain conditions are met. If euthanasia is performed in a country other than that country where assisted suicide is illegal, it constitutes murder.

Olympe claimed that he would end his life at a euthanasia clinic in Belgium, where assisted suicide is legal, and that he had already negotiated with Yves de Rocht, a doctor who runs a euthanasia clinic in Brussels, Belgium.

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However, according to local French media, Olympe’s attempt at assisted suicide is likely to fail or take longer than expected. Yves de Rocht, whom Olympe was known to have been in contact with, drew the line that no discussion had been reached regarding Olympe’s assisted suicide. In an interview with Le Parisien, Rocht said he was not happy that Belgium was becoming a “death ward” for French people seeking “assisted suicide.” Afterwards, Rocht said that he had read Olympe’s e-mails and would not reject her request for counseling, but that he had not even checked his medical documents yet, saying that the ‘assisted suicide schedule scheduled for the end of the year’ was a first-of-its-kind.

On the other hand, the medical community is giving various opinions about ‘assisted suicide due to mental illness’. In a survey conducted in 2019, 48% of psychiatrists said they should not proceed with assisted suicide in people diagnosed with a mental illness. 32% were in favor of assisted suicide for people with mental illness, while 20% expressed a neutral opinion. France, where Olympe resides, will also hold further discussions on assisted suicide in March.

Source: Donga

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