2020-07-31 10:00:26 UTC
A 17-year-old girl who wrote a book about her struggle with
mental illness after being molested and raped has died after
requesting to be legally euthanized in the Netherlands,
according to reports.
Initial reports claimed Noa Pothoven chose to end her life
Sunday with the assistance of an end of life clinic, which has
been legal in the Netherlands since 2002.
A spokesman for Lisa Westerveld, a Dutch member of parliament,
told the website DutchNews.nl Wednesday that she was one of the
people invited to say goodbye to her before she passed away,
adding, "as far as we know, she died because she didn't eat any
The teen from Amhem suffered from post-traumatic stress
disorder, depression and anorexia after being molested when she
was 11 and 12 and raped by two men when she was 14, The Sun
In an Instagram post written on the day before her death, which
has since been deleted, she wrote: Maybe this comes as a
surprise to some, given my posts about hospitalization, but my
plan has been there for a long time and is not impulsive.
Noa said she had been fighting for years and was now drained,
and that she felt she had never been alive but was instead just
I have quit eating and drinking for a while now, and after many
discussions and evaluations, it was decided to let me go because
my suffering is unbearable, Pothoven wrote, according to Inside
Edition. Love is letting go, in this case.
She reported the attacks to police last year, and wrote about
her struggles in a memoir "Winning and Learning.
The initial news that she had chosen to end her life by
euthanasia drew a response from the Vatican.
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.
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Pope Francis, on Wednesday morning, tweeted: "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."