This is some serious brotherly love.
Deaf twin brothers Marc and Eddy Verbessem were so frightened about becoming blind, they decided to undergo euthanasia to end their lives simultaneously.
The two 45-year-olds, worked as cobblers in Belgium for most of their natural lives, but were doomed to both become blind by a genetic form of glaucoma.
Their parents and older brother attempted to talk them out of it, but were eventually persuaded by them that this was the right option.
After searching for two years, the twins finally found a doctor willing to perform the procedure.
Here's what their family doctor said:
"They were very happy. It was a relief to see the end of their suffering. They had a cup of coffee in the hall, it went well and a rich conversation. The the separation from their parents and brother was very serene and beautiful. At the last there was a little wave of their hands and then they were gone."
The euthanasia case was a first for Belgium.
Here's what the doctor, who performed the controversial procedure, said:
"It's the first time in the world that a 'double euthanasia' has been performed on brothers. [Blindness] was certainly unbearable psychological suffering for them."
And while everyone may not agree on the ethics behind such a decision - in the end it WAS what the brothers truly wanted.
[Image via Gazet Van.]