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 February 23, 2024

Field Hockey star dies by assisted suicide with family members in the room

Fleur van Dooren, a prodigious talent in field hockey, died via assisted suicide at the age of 35 shocking the world and igniting discussion about the controversial process.

Her journey began at the tender age of 7 when she made her debut match at Hockey Club Rotterdam, setting the stage for a remarkable career.

Her career

Van Dooren's ascent to the first team at just 15 years old marked the beginning of a trajectory that would see her compete at the highest levels of the sport.

Following her completion of final exams, she ventured to New Zealand to further her hockey pursuits, experiencing competition on an international scale.

Returning to the Netherlands, she embarked on legal studies while maintaining a pivotal role in the Rotterdam main squad, solidifying her reputation as an essential player.

Her accolades include clinching gold with the Dutch Junior Team at the prestigious World Cup in Boston in 2009 and representing the Dutch national team on two occasions. Van Dooren's tenure in the top league spanned an impressive twelve years, primarily with Rotterdam, supplemented by a season at Pinocchio.

Dark times

Despite her triumphs, van Dooren grappled with a sense of disillusionment in elite hockey. Her father, Frank, reminisced about her humble beginnings, recalling how she would play with a mini-stick next to the hockey field where her older sister competed.

Despite the joyous moments and triumphs she experienced, the elite level of the sport failed to bring her the happiness she sought.

Transitioning from her athletic career, van Dooren redirected her focus towards her legal profession while also nurturing her musical talents.

Her personal struggles persisted, as she battled against depression for eight long years. The loss of her mother plunged her into a deeper abyss, exacerbating her emotional turmoil.

Her passing

At the age of 35, van Dooren made the difficult decision to pursue euthanasia. The Netherlands, where she resided, had legalized euthanasia in 2006 under strict conditions, which required verification by multiple specialists and a long-standing wish for death due to unbearable suffering.

Van Dooren's case underscores the complexity and sensitivity surrounding end-of-life decisions, particularly in cases where individuals grapple with prolonged mental anguish.

While her story sheds light on the profound challenges faced by those struggling with mental health issues, it also prompts reflection on the broader societal discussions surrounding euthanasia.

The Netherlands' decision to expand euthanasia regulations to include terminally ill children aged between one and 12 underscores the ongoing evolution of end-of-life policies globally.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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