A French man who was in a vegetative state for 11 years whereas his spouse and fogeys disagreed over his continued medical care died Thursday, and a prosecutor shortly ordered an post-mortem and an investigation.
Vincent Lambert, 42, died in a hospital east of Paris 9 days after medical doctors stopped offering synthetic feeding and hydration and following years of opposite court docket rulings over whether or not medical interventions ought to extend his life.
“Now I hope he can rest in peace,” Lambert’s nephew Francois advised reporters.
A 2008 automotive crash left Lambert in a vegetative state, and he wanted to obtain diet to maintain him by synthetic means. Lambert’s mother and father, Pierre and Viviene, fought relentlessly to maintain their son alive.
French media reported Lambert’s mother and father had been to sue the medical group concerned.
Whereas euthanasia is outlawed in France, medical doctors could put terminally in poor health sufferers into deep sedation till dying.
France’s Cour de Cassation on June 28 overruled an appeals court docket which a month earlier had ordered medical doctors to maintain Lambert alive.
Lambert’s situation pitched his spouse, a few of his siblings and his nephews, towards his staunchly Catholic mother and father and different relations. The mother and father argued their son was not terminally in poor health and that ending life assist was tantamount to euthanasia.
Lambert had virtually no consciousness however may breathe with out a respirator and sometimes moved his eyes on the hospital in Reims in northeastern France.
“Vincent was in a vegetative state, he wouldn’t want to live that way. In respect for him, it was not right to keep him alive in these conditions,” his nephew Francois added.
The case has drawn consideration round Europe.
The Vatican shortly reacted, saying it “learned with sorrow of the death of Vincent Lambert.”
A assertion expressed “our closeness” to “all those who assisted him with love and devotion.” Coming down on the aspect of those that tried to maintain Lambert alive, the assertion quoted Pope Francis talking up to now concerning the case and saying that “we have the duty to always protect [life]” and “not cede to throwaway culture.”