Frenchman at centre of end-of-life debate dies

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A French quadriplegic man, who became a symbol of the right-to-die debate in France, has died nine days after doctors removed his feeding tubes.

Vincent Lambert, 42, had been in a persistent vegetative state since a motorcycle accident 11 years ago.

Doctors began taking him off life support last week after a final ruling by France’s highest appeals court.

Euthanasia is illegal in France, but doctors can put terminally ill patients into deep sedation.

Lambert’s case divided both the country and his own family, sparking demonstrations on the streets of Paris.

Via France 24

 

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