A 17-year-old Dutch girl who wrote a book about her struggle with mental illness after being molested and raped has died after requesting to be legally euthanized in the Netherlands.
Noa Pothoven chose to end her life Sunday with the assistance of an end of life clinic, which has been legal in the Netherlands since 2002. But it is unclear whether she died because doctors intervened, or if she refused to eat. Recent reports indicate that doctors refused her request.
The teen suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anorexia after being molested when she was 11 and 12 and raped by two men when she was 14.
In an Instagram post written on the day before her death, which has since been deleted, she wrote: “Maybe this comes as a surprise to some, given my posts about hospitalization, but my plan has been there for a long time and is not impulsive.”