A 24-year-old clinically depressed woman has been granted the right to end her own life by doctors in Belgium.
The woman named Laura told doctors she had suffered from depression since she was a child and wished to end her life.
"Life, that's not for me. Death feels to me not as a choice. If I had a choice, I would choose a bearable life, but I have done everything and that was unsuccessful," said Laura.
She claims that her troubled childhood had contributed to her long time death wish. "Even though my childhood certainly contributed to my suffering, I am convinced that I had this death wish even though I grew up with a quiet, stable family."
At the age of six, she had unknowingly picked up a loaded gun and thought about ending her life. "If I had known this at that time, I might have pulled the trigger. I can easily imagine."
Laura is now planning her funeral and final words to her mother and grandmother.
The date of Laura's death is yet to be decided, but she may become part of a small increase in younger individuals seeking to end their lives.
Belgium legalized euthanasia in the year 2002, with approximately 1,400 cases every year since then. In 2013, the same year that the number of requests to die spiked at over 1,800, the Belgian parliament passed an amendment extending the law to terminally ill children.