It has been called the ultimate gesture of humanity. For some it is a show of compassion, but others say it is unethical, and a form murder.
Several countries allow euthanasia, but Belgium is the only one in the world that has no age restrictions.
And now for the first time, the country has allowed a 17-year-old to commit suicide with the help of a doctor.
Belgium's child euthanasia law was passed two years ago, and sets out specific criteria for minors. But how young is too young to choose between life and death?
Presenter: Martine Dennis
Dr Jutte Van Der Werff Ten Bosch - Paediatric Oncologist at the Flemish Free University of Brussels
Peter Williams - Executive Officer of Right To Life UK.
Philip Nitschke - Founder and Director of Exit International
Source: Al Jazeera News