Mother arrested for attempted euthanasia

At court, woman claims 17-year-old son's medicine makes him delusional.

March 10, 2010 10:02
Mother arrested for attempted euthanasia

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A 53-year-old woman from one of the Arab communities in northern Israel is suspected of trying to euthanize her 17-year-old son, police said Wednesday.

The youth, who suffers from muscular dystrophy and is hospitalized at Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center, told nurses there that his mother tried to strangle him. Police suspect that she acted out of pity for her son, but the woman has denied the allegations against her.

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The Haifa Magistrate’s Court extended her remand by one day on Wednesday afternoon, and ordered that she undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The mother told the judge that her son is disabled and sick, and suffers from delusions caused by his medicine.

The son was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when he was 11-years-old, and his situation has deteriorated since. He is now connected to a respirator, and receives oxygen via a tube inserted into his throat.

The 17-year-old told a nurse that on Monday night his mother tried to stop the oxygen flow to his body several times.

One nurse told police that she noted a 50% decrease in the youth’s blood oxygen levels.

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