Right to die: Court backs France in Vincent Lambert case

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld the decision of a court in France to allow a paralysed man to be taken off life support. Vincent Lambert, 40, has been in a coma for seven years after a motorcycle accident left him a tetraplegic. His family has been split over whether he should be kept alive.  The case was taken to the European court last year after France’s highest court had ruled in favour of ending his life support.  It sparked fierce debate in France where euthanasia is illegal, although doctors can withdraw care. Mr. Lambert has been kept alive with the use of intravenous food and water at a hospital in Reims in north-east France. The court in Strasbourg ruled on Friday that the decision to stop intravenously feeding Mr. Lambert did not violate European rights laws.

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