- Nic and Trees Elderhorst have passed away together in a rare double euthanasia
- They were both 91 and had been married for 65 years
- They were both in declining health and had expressed a wish to die together
A loving elderly couple in Didam, the Netherlands, have passed away together in a rare double euthanasia.
Nic and Trees Elderhorst, who were both 91, had been married for 65 years but were both in declining health. They had expressed a final wish to die together.
Nic suffered a stroke about five years ago and relied on antibiotics to keep him alive. Trees cared for him as best as she could, but she too was diagnosed with dementia.
The couple had filed for euthanasia and after Trees' diagnosis, doctors determined that both met the conditions. They kissed one last time before passing away hand-in-hand on June 4, 2017.
In an interview, one of the couple's daughters said Trees did not wish to live in a nursing home in the event of Nic's passing. In addition, doctors had said her dementia could worsen.
The Netherlands passed laws allowing euthanasia about 17 years ago. Since then, over 5,500 people have opted for it.
Double euthanasia is however rarely granted. Experts say it's only a matter of coincidence that a couple would meet the conditions at the same time.
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