Belgian man euthanised on psychological grounds

Nathan Verhelst died on Monday in a Brussels hospital surrounded by friends after requesting assistance to die.

The case has been highly publicised in Belgium, which in 2002 became only the second country in the world after the Netherlands to legalise euthanasia.

"He died in all serenity," said Dr Wim Distlemans, who told the daily Het Laatste Nieuws that he won permission to be euthanised because "we could clearly say he was in unbearable psychological distress".

Nathan was born Nancy into a family of three boys where he was rejected by parents who had wanted another son, said the newspaper