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Marieke Vervoot: In life and death

Remembering Marieke Vervoort the Paralympian who ended her own life through euthanasia

We remember the life of Paralympian, Marieke Vervoort, who this week chose to end her life through euthanasia. Vervoort has had an incurable, degenerative muscle disease. The Belgian wheelchair racer won gold and silver at the London 2012 Paralympics, and two further medals at Rio 2016.

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Photo: Belgium Paralympic athlete Marieke Vervoot gives a press conference to defend her decision to undergo euthanasia after the Games (Getty Images)

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