Road Accident; In this study doctors are removing life support from paralyse road accident victim Vincent Lambert on Tuesday, in what could be the final act in a hugely controversial right-to-die case that has drawn in Pope Francis. The main doctor treating Lambert, Vincent Sanchez, inform his family by email that he intend to start removing his feeding tubes in line with a French court ruling last Friday, according to the message that was share with AFP.
The doctor urged family members to ensure that support to Mr Vincent Lambert is as peaceful; so intimate and personal as possible. Lambert, 42, has in a vegetative state since a 2008 car accident; so with the question of whether to continue keeping him alive artificially bitterly dividing his family and the nation.
The road accident
Legal battles in French and European courts over the last six years; which have pitted Lambert’s Catholic parents and two of his siblings; so who want to keep him alive against his wife and six other brothers and sisters. His wife Rachel, who is his legal guardian under French law, has maintain that Lambert had made clear; hence before the accident that he would not want to be kept alive artificially, though this was never put in writing.
Multiple medical assessments over the years order; so by the courts have find that Lambert, a former psychiatric nurse, has no chance of recovering. Doctors at the hospital in Reims, northern France; which have made five attempts previously to remove life support before being force; so to reinstate it following court rulings obtain by Lambert’s parents.
The last attempt to remove his tubes was made in May this year, but was then overturn by a Paris appeals court. The UN committee on disable rights has also ask France to keep Lambert alive while it conducts its own investigation into his a request the French government has reject as non-binding.
Definitive legal judgement
In what was hail as a definitive legal judgement by a lawyer representing Lambert’s wife, France’s top appeals court, the Cour de Cassation, rule last Friday that life support could be turn off. The case has rekindle a charge debate over France’s right-to-die laws; which allow so called “passive” euthanasia for severely ill or injure patients who are alive with no chance of recovery.
Having seen their efforts reject by France’s highest courts; also the European Court of Human Rights, lawyers for Lambert’s parents; so who are now threatening to press “murder” charges if his life support is halt. His mother Viviane, who has previously share photographs and video footage of her son from his hospital bed; has insisted they just needs something to drink and eat, and love.
Pope Francis interven in May when he tweet to say that it was necessary to “always safeguard life, God’s gift, from its beginning until its natural end. President Emmanuel Macron has also draw into the case; but he has reject calls to intervene by Lambert’s parents on the grounds; so that it is a medical case that should be decide by doctors and Lambert’s wife.