A judge has dismissed a civil case against the doctors who euthanized a patient with autism against the wishes of her family.
The family is seeking justice for their loved one, a victim of euthanasia.
However, the family suffered a devastating setback after a judge dismissed a civil case against the doctors who committed the euthanasia.
In 2010, Tine Nys was euthanized by a team of three doctors in Belgium.
The doctors claimed she was autistic and decided that she should be put through “assisted suicide” for her own good.
Her family said she was heartbroken and suicidal after a relationship ended badly.
She went to two doctors and a psychiatrist to seek treatment for her depression.
She told the doctors she was autistic and had “unbearable and incurable” suffering.
Just two months later, she was dead.
According to her family, Nys had been battling mental illness for 15 years.
She had previously undergone an abortion and had never received treatment.
They also said Nys was not autistic.
In 2020, all three doctors were cleared of any wrongdoing.
Disturbingly, the judge declared after the ruling: “I’ll sleep well tonight.”
The doctors involved were likewise seemingly callous about Nys’ life.
Lieve Thienpont, the psychiatrist who incorrectly diagnosed her with autism, said that her life had been a “failure.”
The general practitioner, Dr. Frank de Greef, blamed Nys for his misdiagnosis of her.
He accused the dead woman of being “manipulative and looking for conflict.”
After their previous complaints were dismissed, Nys’ family filed an appeal – and a judge just ruled against them.
Dr. Joris Van Hove, who euthanized Nys, was forced to be tried again by the Court of Cassation after the public prosecutor refused to retry the charges against him.
The new case would determine if Van Hove was civilly liable and if the Nys family deserved damages for her death.
Yet the court ruled that Van Hove was guilty of no “wrongdoing,” even though they acknowledged Nys’ lifelong struggle with mental illness.
Instead, they used that mental illness to justify her death.
“She also had relatively good periods during her life,” the ruling read.
“But these relatively good periods were always followed by bad, difficult episodes that were accompanied by suicide threats and multiple suicide attempts.
“The pattern of these episodes could not be broken.”
Essentially, the court decided that anyone who suffers from mental illness does not have a life worth protecting.
Nys’ family said they will continue fighting.
“We are considering it,” their lawyer, Joris Van Cauter, said of an appeal.
“To date, the legislature has not done what it should do, namely write a new law in which every condition is linked to a penalty provision.
“It has not been respected, but due to defective legislation it cannot be sanctioned here.”