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23-year-old woman who survived Islamic State bombing but couldn’t live with trauma ‘euthanized’ in Belgian clinic


A WOMAN who survived the Brussels airport terror attack has died after choosing to be euthanized after suffering severe depression and PTSD following the incident.

Shanti De Corte, 23, was in the departure lounge of Belgium’s Zaventem airport with her classmates on March 22, 2016, when a bomb was detonated by Islamic State terrorists.

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Shanti De Corte survived the 2016 terrorist attack at a Belgian airport but suffered terrible depression and PTSD as a result of the explosionsCredit: Facebook
People are seen lying on the ground after an explosion devastated Zaventem airport in 2016

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People are seen lying on the ground after an explosion devastated Zaventem airport in 2016Credit: AFP
Shanti was euthanized earlier this year

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Shanti was euthanized earlier this yearCredit: Facebook

Shanti, who was 17 at the time, escaped the blast which, along with two other blasts, killed 32 people and injured more than 300.

The then-teen suffered no physical injuries in the blasts.

But the psychological effects left her suffering from constant panic attacks and periods of depression from which she could not break free.

Shanti underwent rehabilitation treatment at a psychiatric hospital in her hometown of Antwerp and took a number of antidepressant medications to help her.

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Unfortunately, she couldn’t get rid of her dark thoughts and attempted suicide twice in 2018 and 2020.

The troubled woman then chose to be euthanized earlier this year – a procedure which is legal in Belgium – and died on May 7, 2022, after two psychiatrists approved her request.

Shanti’s story came to light earlier this week when her mother, Marielle, revealed her daughter’s pain to Belgian outlet VRT.

Marielle said: “That day really cracked her up, she never felt safe after that.

“She didn’t want to go where other people were, out of fear.

“She also had frequent panic attacks and she never got rid of them.”

Shanti often took to social media to detail her experiences after the bombing and spoke about her battle with her declining mental health.

She said in a post: ‘I’m getting some breakfast meds. And up to 11 antidepressants a day. I couldn’t live without it.

“With all the medication I take, I feel like a ghost who no longer feels anything. There were perhaps other solutions than drugs.

According to Shanti’s school psychologist, she suffered from severe depression before choosing to end her life.

She told RTBF: “There are students who react less well than others to traumatic events.

“And having interviewed her twice, I can tell you that Shanti De Corte was one of those fragile students.”

The psychologist referred Shanti to a psychiatric hospital in Antwerp, where she was regularly treated.

Shanti, however, attempted suicide in 2018 after her mental health deteriorated following an altercation with another patient who sexually assaulted her.

Another unsuccessful attempt to commit suicide occurs two years later, and following this, contacts an organization that defends the right to “die with dignity”.

RTBF reported that it asked the organization to perform euthanasia due to “unbearable psychiatric suffering”.

In Belgium, euthanasia – defined as the practice of intentionally ending a person’s life to relieve pain and suffering – is legal for a person who is in “a medically futile state of constant physical or mental suffering”. and unbearable condition which cannot be relieved, resulting from a serious and incurable disorder caused by illness or accident”.

According to RTBF, Shanti’s request for euthanasia was approved earlier this year by two psychiatrists.

The report states, “The woman was euthanized on May 7, 2022, surrounded by her family.”

Shanti wrote on social media the day of her euthanasia: “I was laughing and crying. Until the last day. I loved and I could feel what true love is.

“Now I will leave in peace. Know that I miss you already.

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This may not be the end of the tragic story, as prosecutors in Antwerp have opened an investigation following complaints from a neurologist at the UZC Brugman University Clinical Hospital in Brussels who claimed that the decision to euthanize Shanti “was made prematurely”.

Although the Federal Commission for the Control and Evaluation of Euthanasia in Belgium has no concerns about this, neurologist Paul Deltenre said that there are still different modalities of care and treatment available for Shanti who does not had not been tried, according to RTBF.

You’re not alone

EVERY 90 minutes in the UK, a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed, to builders and doctors, to reality stars and footballers.

It’s the biggest killer of people under 35, deadlier than cancer and car accidents.

And men are three times more likely to commit suicide than women.

Yet it’s rarely talked about, a taboo that threatens to continue its murderous rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That’s why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.

The goal is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our part to help save lives.

Let’s make a vow to ask for help when we need it and listen to others… You are not alone.

If you, or someone you know, needs help coping with mental health issues, the following organizations offer support:

  • CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
  • Heads Together, www.headtogether.org.uk
  • Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
  • Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
  • Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
  • Movember, www.uk.movember.com
  • Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk, 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm
Shanti, left, with a friend in an image that was shared on a tribute page

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Shanti, left, with a friend in an image that was shared on a tribute pageCredit: Tillstill



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