Nathan Verhelst, 44, born Nancy, chose a medically assisted death after his sex change operation left him feeling like a ‘monster.’ Euthanasia is legal in Belgium, but a subject of controversy as more people are choosing it.
SOURCE – A Belgian transsexual who was “disgusted” with his sex change operation has died by euthanasia, according to reports.
Nathan Verhelst, 44, who was born a woman named Nancy, chose to end his life with the assistance of a doctor, citing “unbearable psychological suffering.” He died Monday afternoon.
Euthanasia is legal in Belgium, and the doctor who carried out Verhelst’s euthanasia procedure, Wim Distelmans, also made headlines last December for euthanizing a pair of deaf twins who were going blind.
Verhelst suffered years of emotional pain before and after his sex change operation, including a tormented childhood, he told Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws.
Commentary By: Gordon King
So this is what it’s come to. Test tube meat? Synthetic hamburger? Sounds delicious doesn’t it? Not! Have we gone so far over the edge that our next meal will come from a test tube? You know we are living in the end times when all living organisms are now engineered or manipulated in test tubes. Plants, animals, fuel, babies and now our meat! What’s next on the world agenda? Hmmm….sort of reminds me of a movie I once saw…”Soylent Green”! Does something sound fishy here or is it just me? The bible talks about genetic manipulation in the days of Noah with the Nephilim. He also says that the end times will be like that in the days of Noah! In Genesis 6:4 “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” And also after that, meaning the Nephilim would be around after the flood! I believe that the Nephilim are among us now and are playing a role in all of this genetic manipulation. What do you think?
A Dutch scientist hopes he’ll change minds about the viability of test tube meat when his first genetically engineered hamburger, made from billions of stem cells, is served hot off the grill.
Mark Post, the head of physiology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, has spent years growing the synthetic hamburger from bovine stem cells, which his team turned into thin strips of muscle tissue before mincing them into a patty.
While the process has taken time and run up considerable expense – the project received $325,000 from an anonymous donor – Post told the New York Times he hoped the cost of cultured meat could come down in the future, making it a viable food source.
After conducting an informal tasting, Post gave the synthetic tissue his seal of approval, telling the Times, it “tastes reasonably good” and that he planned to add just salt and pepper before serving it, perhaps at an event in London this summer.
Post told ABC News in 2011 that he expected meat consumption to double in the next 40 years.