Marc Van Hoey has legally killed at least 140 people, including two of his own friends.
The Belgian doctor, a strong proponent and practitioner of euthanasia, recently spoke to the Daily Mail about his work. The report described him as a “genial” 57-year-old doctor who loves music and claims to care about his patients’ suffering. His nickname is “Dr Death,” and he is “proud” of his work.
“It’s never easy,” Von Hoey said. “That would make me sound like a terrible sadist. It is an act of pity. An act of empathy.”
Euthanasia is legal in Belgium and has been since 2002. It is one of the few countries in the world where even children can be legally killed via euthanasia.
Van Hoey estimated he has killed about 140 people and advised about 500 more, though not all of them went through with being euthanized, according to the report.
At least two who did die were friends.
Here’s more from the report:
But then he tells me about the death of one of his patients after she suffered a stroke.
‘She was a good friend as well as a patient whom I had known more than 15 years,’ he says. ‘She was a beautiful old lady. The day of her death, she did her hair at the hairdressers, put on her make-up and drank champagne with us – then we gave her the injection and she died.’
Van Hoey talks about another friend, riddled with pancreatic cancer, whom he despatched with another strong dose of barbiturates. ‘He was really suffering badly.’
Others who have died at his hands include the elderly mother of a fellow doctor who had dementia and ate her favourite meal of eel in herbs washed down with fine wine for her last supper, and a 34-year-old woman with chronic depression.
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Euthanasia activists claim their motive is to eliminate suffering, but they advocate for killing the person who is suffering rather than treatments to alleviate the suffering.
Belgium’s pro-death law is coming under increasing scrutiny after people with treatable conditions, such as depression, have been euthanized. Three doctors currently are facing trial for allegedly certifying a 38-year-old woman as autistic so that she could be euthanized.
Doctors claimed she was suffering from an “unbearable and incurable” condition, but her family said she was not autistic. They said she had recently ended a difficult relationship and had a broken heart. They also said she never received treatment for autism and questioned how doctors could tell that her suffering was “incurable.”
In the Netherlands, a 29-year-old woman was killed in a legal assisted suicide this year after being diagnosed with mental health problems.
Several European countries and Canada allow euthanasia. Six states in America also allow doctor-prescribed suicide, a form of euthanasia.