Doctors must first ensure that a child is ‘in a hopeless medical situation of constant and unbearable suffering that cannot be eased and which will cause death in the short term’.
The juvenile must make their wish known in writing – before being examined by child psychiatrists to ensure they are intelligent enough to make the decision and are ‘not influenced by a third party’.
Parents can overrule the child’s wishes.
Once euthanasia has occurred – for a child or adult – a commission examines the case to review if everything was done correctly.
‘I saw mental and physical suffering so overwhelming that I thought we did a good thing’ Luc Proot – a CFCEE member told the newspaper regarding the cases of the three children.