Doctors in Belgium have killed three children by euthanasia in the last two years, official figures have revealed.
The deaths of the “unemancipated minors” – children living under the cared of their parents – were among a record 2,309 cases reported to the authorities in 2016-2017.
They represent the first children to die by lethal injection since Belgium changed the law to allow child euthanasia in 2014.
Although their identities and ages have been kept secret, one is known to have died in late 2016 while the other two died in 2017. All are believed to have suffered from cancer.