Update: Dutch girl Noa Pothoven (17) who was raped as a child was NOT euthanized

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Update: It came to our attention that in fact Noa Pothoven was not euthanized. Her request was refused.

It is a message that went around the world: Noa Pothoven, a 17-year-old Dutch girl, is said to have received active euthanasia in a clinic and thus died on Sunday.

On Wednesday, a correction followed: No, the End of Life Hospital in The Hague had rejected the teenager’s desire to provide active euthanasia.

According to Dutch media reports, she had instead refrained from taking food and fluids since June.

Her parents and doctors decided against force-feeding, so Pothoven eventually died on Sunday.

Naomi O’Leary on Twitter

A 17-year-old rape victim was NOT euthanised in the Netherlands. @euronews @Independent @DailyMailUK @dailybeast are all wrong It took me about 10 mins to check with the reporter who wrote the original Dutch story. Noa Pothoven asked for euthanasia and was refused (cont.)

“I am being released because my suffering is unbearable”

Noa Pothoven died on Sunday.

She was 17 years old.

In her impressive biography, the girl from Arnhem described at the age of 16 that life was no longer meaningful for her.

Noa suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anorexia for years.

She tried to survive despite her psychological problems, but that was no longer possible.

In her book “Winning or learning” Noa described that she had been assaulted and raped at a young age.

Out of shame and fear, she concealed sexual abuse for a long time.

‘It’s finished’

Without anyone knowing it, she inquired at the Life End Clinic in The Hague about the possibilities of euthanasia.

Noa wanted to feel calm and no longer hurt, she told De Gelderlander in December last year.

Noa recently announced in “a sad last post” on Instagram that she had stopped eating and drinking for a while.

That was a well-considered and definitive decision, she wrote to her followers.

“After years of fighting and fighting it is finished. After many conversations and assessments it was decided that I will be released because my suffering is unbearable. It’s finished. I have not really been alive for so long, I survive, and not even that. I breathe but no longer live. ”

Noa was incredibly strong and very open. I will never forget her
Lisa Westerveld, Member of Parliament

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“Love is letting go”

Noa was in a hospital bed in the living room.

She used the last days to say goodbye to her family and people dear to her.

Love is letting go. In this case,” Noa wrote.

Her sister announced her death on Sunday.

Noa was born in 2001 in Arnhem.

She had a brother and a sister.

Noa loved writing and guinea pigs.

Noa won prizes with her book.

Her story about forced admissions, suicide attempts and starvation caused an incredible amount of inconvenience.

With her book Noa wanted to make a contribution to improve the help for the psychologically vulnerable young people, who are struggling intensely with their lives.

The Netherlands has no institution where young people like Noa can go for both the psychological and physical help they need.

This book, her mother Lisette said at the time, should be mandatory for social workers, but also for children’s judges and municipalities, who are responsible for youth care.

She criticized the fragmented youth care and called the bureaucracy and the waiting lists “maddening.”

“Very unreal”

Member of Parliament Lisa Westerveld (GroenLinks) is very sad about Noa’s death.

Westerveld came in contact with Noa after her story had appeared in the Gelderlander.

She visited Noa on Friday to say goodbye.

Westerveld was deeply impressed.

“It was nice to see her again. It is also very unreal. Noa was incredibly strong and very open. I will never forget her. We will continue her struggle.”


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Growing up, all  Yuto wanted to do was read. Considered a “nerd”, he was always fascinated with things going on nationally and internationally. Therefore, making the decision to attend college for journalism seemed like the obvious choice, and one that paid off greatly. Besides being an Aikido coach for kids, he dedicates quality time to his expanding family.

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