06/05/2019, 15.08
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Pope: Noa Pothoven's death is 'a defeat for all'

A tweet from Francis comments on the death of the young Dutch woman. The girl would have chosen death to end "years of psychological suffering", due to repeated episodes of sexual violence, suffered since she was 11 years old.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The death of Noa Pothoven, the young Dutch who, at the age of 17, chose to die is "a defeat for all". She chose death by euthanasia. In this regard, a tweet from Pope Francis states that "Euthanasia and assisted suicide are a defeat for all. We are called never to abandon those who are suffering, never giving up but caring and loving to restore hope.”

The girl would have chosen death to end "years of psychic suffering", due to repeated episodes of sexual violence, suffered since she was 11 years old. She herself told of her horror  in the autobiography "Win or learn" (Winnen of leren).

"Noa - commented Vatican Radio in giving the news of her death - had entered the tunnel of depression, of anorexia. She had undergone invasive treatments such as electroshock. Unconnected words if you don't look at the person, if you don't welcome the other, if you don't take them on your shoulders. A society to call itself civil, evolved, should do just that: protect, help those who are weaker, helpless, fragile. This obviously has a cost. It costs in terms of strategy, people, investments, resources, and in this sense an injection certainly has a lower impact. Noa was exhausted. She wrote of an "unbearable suffering".

"Today,there is talk of the "warrior and blogger of mental illness" entrusted to the mercy of the heavenly Father. A girl killed, trampled upon, abandoned and in fact ignored. In her book she described the struggle to live, to defeat her monsters. She wanted to help other kids, those who are more fragile. She claimed that in her country there were no facilities able to take on anyone who had suffered what she had to face. On the social networks she announced her decision to die, she explained that she no longer felt alive for "too long", to perceive her body "still dirty" and how her choice was a conscious one ".

Now it appears that the Dutch authorities have specified that Euthanasia had been refused to Noa and that the young woman choose to "let herself die" by stopping eating and drinking. According to the Dutch press, in her last days, Noa was followed by a group of experts and doctors who gave her palliative care so as not to make her suffer. In reality, assisted suicide. Which, brutally, costs less than helping a person wounded psychologically, for perhaps for years. (FP)

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