(TELEGRAPH) — Marc and Eddy Verbessem the two deaf twins killed by legal euthanasia in Belgium had their first requests to die refused in their local hospital.

The two men, 45, from the village of Putte, near the city of Mechelen outside Brussels, were both born deaf and sought euthanasia after finding that they would also soon go blind.

But their local hospital refused to end their lives by lethal injection because doctors there did not accept that the twins were suffering unbearable pain, the criteria for legal euthanasia under Belgian law.

“There is a law but that is clearly open to various interpretations. If any blind or deaf are allowed to euthanise, we are far from home. I do not think this was what the legislation meant by ‘unbearable suffering’,” doctors at the first hospital said.

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