Brussels Islamist terror victim euthanized after years of trauma

A Flemish woman who was present at Brussels National Airport in 2016 during a radical Islamic terrorist attack was euthanized at the age of 23 due to psychological trauma and suffering.

Shanti De Corte was just 23 when she died earlier this year, on May 7, after requesting euthanasia following years of psychological trauma and suffering stemming from her experiences on March 22, 2016, when Islamic terrorists detonated explosives at Washington National Airport. Brussels.

The young Flemish woman, who was with 90 other classmates in the departures area of ​​the airport that day and was on her way to a graduation in Rome, was not physically injured by the explosion, despite being only a few meters away, RTBF reports.

A few weeks after the attacks, De Corte was hospitalized in a psychiatric facility in Antwerp and treated with antidepressants. On Facebook, she claimed she was taking up to 11 anti-depressant pills a day and wrote: “With all the meds I’m on, I feel like a ghost who can’t feel anything anymore. Maybe there were other solutions besides drugs.”

“There are some students who react worse than others to traumatic events. And having interviewed her twice, I can tell you that Shanti De Corte was one of those fragile students. It is clear to me, he already had serious psychological disorders before the attack. So I referred her to psychiatry,” a psychologist who worked at De Corte’s school told RTBF.

In the years following the terrorist attack, De Corta was hospitalized again in 2018 and in 2020 attempted to end her life.

He had also made several requests for euthanasia but was turned down until he approached an association which supports those who wish to end their lives with the help of doctors.

In April this year, De Corte again submitted a request for euthanasia, which was accepted by two psychiatrists. She was killed the following month surrounded by her family.

De Corte is not the only survivor of a terrorist attack in recent years who has been deeply affected psychologically by his experience. In 2019, Guillaume Vallet, a survivor of the 2015 Bataclan attack in Paris, was identified as the 131st victim of the attack, having taken his own life in 2017.

Valette, like De Corte, suffered from psychological trauma in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which worsened to the point where he hanged himself.

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