"I'm still breathing, but I'm not alive any more."
UPDATE 6:40AM 6/5/2019:
UPDATE - It remains unclear what method Noa used to end her life. She requested to be euthanized, but may have committed assisted suicide by refusing to eat, and invoking her legal right not to be force-fed.
Original story below 8:59AM 6/4/2019:
A 17-year-old Dutch girl has legally ended her own life.
Noa Pothoven, who was the victim of rape as a young child, was granted the right to die in her own home on Sunday.
The teen announced her own death in a heart-wrenching Instagram post, where she told friends and family not to try to change her mind, as it had been made up for a long time.
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"Love is letting go," she concluded, adding that the post will be shared "in a while when I have passed away."
Just last year, Noa published her autobiography "Winning or Learning", in which she revealed she was molested and raped as a child, and how she now suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anorexia as a result.
Noa did not need her parents' consent to end her life; euthanasia is legal in The Netherlands for anyone above the age of 12, but only patients under 16 need their parents' signatures.
Patients must make the decision without the influence of drugs or alcohol, and two independent doctors must agree that their suffering is unbearable with no hope of improvement.