Francis has received treatment for prostate cancer for 20 years and takes a dose of morphine every day while Anne is partially blind and almost totally deaf.The couple, from Brussels, had planned to commit suicide on February 3, 2015 - their 64th wedding anniversary – by using plastic bags and sleeping pills.The family say the assisted suicides can be justified on the grounds that the couple's potential mental anguish constitutes the unbearable suffering needed to legally justify euthanasia.
Francis said: “We want to go together because we both fear for the future.
"It is as simple as this – we are afraid of what lies ahead.” Francis told Moustique, a Belgian online news service, that the couple were too scared to attempt suicide.
The couple – only identified by their first names of Francis, 89, and Anne, 86 – always go out shopping together to guard against dying alone.
And the Belgian pensioners decided life in a care home was not for them in case they end up bed-ridden and unable to insist on an assisted death.
He added: "It takes courage to jump from the 20th floor and I am unable even if I wanted to do it.
"It takes courage to hang, it takes courage to jump into the canal.
An elderly husband and wife have revealed their plans to become the world’s first couple to die by assisted suicide.
Neither of the euthanasia hopefuls are terminally ill, but say they fear loneliness if one dies before the other.
"But a doctor who makes you a shot and lets you gently fall asleep?
Francis and Anne say they have the backing of their three children, who have even found a practitioner to carry out the double killings.
Their son John Paul, 55, has found a doctor who will carry out his parents’ wishes at an unnamed hospital in Flanders.