Shanti De Corte, survivor of the Brussels attacks, asks for and obtains euthanasia at just 23 years old

At Zaventem airport he saw his friends die in 2016. In 2020 he attempted suicide. Then the terrible decision, even if the Belgian law establishes very strict criteria. And the family unleashes the controversy: 'The news shouldn't have been given'

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Shanti De Corte, survivor of the Brussels attacks, died by euthanasia, asked why she could not overcome the trauma. She was only 23 years old. The incredible story was told on TV, but the family argues: 'That service shouldn't have been done' Photo | all shock videos

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THE ATTACK - Shanti was 17 years old when, on March 22, 2016, she found herself in the midst of ISIS attacks at Brussels airport while on a school trip. She was supposed to go to Rome with 90 other students from Santa Rita di Kontich, in the province of Antwerp. Bombs exploded there and in the subway, killing 35 people and wounding over 300. She survived, remained unharmed. But she saw some friends die beside her.

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TRAUMA NEVER RECOVERED - He never managed to overcome the trauma, so much so that in 2020 he attempted suicide and asked several times to die. On social media she wrote about the panic and depression she had sunk into: “I wake up and take medicine for breakfast, then up to 11 antidepressants a day. I can't live without it, but with all these pills I no longer feel anything, I'm a ghost'.

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EUTHANASIA GRANTED - In the end, he asked for euthanasia, which Belgian legislation has allowed since 2002 even in the presence of 'constant, unbearable and incurable psychological suffering'. Before she died, the girl wrote on Facebook: “It was a life of laughter and tears, until the last day. I loved and was granted to know what true love is. I'm leaving in peace. Know that I already miss you.' Shanti died on May 7th. Next to her are her family members. But only now that the public TV Rtbf has told the story, has the story become public knowledge.

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THE OPPOSITE FAMILY - Brugmann University Hospital neurologist Paul Deltenre told the broadcaster that euthanasia could have been avoided because the girl had been offered therapies to treat post-traumatic stress. The Antwerp Public Prosecutor's Office has opened an investigation concluding that the procedure has been respected. The lawyer for Shanti's parents did not hide the family's opposition to the television service: 'The family has expressed reservations about respect for deontology and ethics. Furthermore, the reconstruction made contains several fundamental errors. The relatives of Shanti, a victim of the attacks to all intents and purposes, ask that their privacy and tranquility be respected'.

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THE ISSUER'S REPLY - But it certainly cannot fail to leave a story like this breathless, where a very young girl with no physical impairment is granted euthanasia in the face of a deep depression. Were there really no alternatives? In fact, the calm reply from the TV soon arrived: 'The decision to talk about it was taken because it is a matter of public interest which also helps to understand what happened to the people involved in the attacks after these terrible events. We are obviously respectful of the family's position and understand that talking about their story is sensitive. However, our team tried several times to contact them to interview them and hear their story, but never received a response. Different situations were presented and each was examined from multiple angles to explain what happened in the most accurate way, without judging or taking opposite positions.

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