Mother of Frenchman caught in life support battle appeals to UN

October 20, 2019

first_imgGeneva: The mother of a Frenchman in a vegetative state for over a decade pleaded for UN help Monday to stop her son’s “murder”, after a court ruled his life-support could be turned off. “They want to murder Vincent,” Viviane Lambert told an event on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Vincent Lambert, 42, has been in a vegetative state since a 2008 traffic accident, but the question of whether to continue keeping him alive artificially has bitterly divided his family and the nation. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed'”Vincent is not at the end of his life. Vincent is not a vegetable,” Lambert said, adding that she had come to the UN to seek “help”. In May, a UN committee on disabled rights, based in Geneva, asked France to keep Lambert alive while it conducted its own investigation into his fate. But the French government rejected that request as non-binding. The case has taken the warring Lambert family to the top courts in France and Europe, with Lambert’s parents, who are devout Catholics, fighting a six-year legal battle to maintain his treatment. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingHis wife, along with doctors, six of his siblings and a nephew had hoped Friday’s decision in the “right-to-die” case would end the legal battle once and for all. The Cour de Cassation, France’s highest appeals court, ruled that the life support mechanisms keeping the severely brain-damaged man alive could be turned off “from now on”. Friday’s ruling reversed a decision by another Paris court ordering that Lambert’s feeding tubes be reinserted, just hours after doctors began switching off life support following a previous court ruling. The Cour de Cassation did not consider the arguments for or against keeping Lambert alive, but only the question of whether the lower court was competent to rule on the case. In Friday’s decision, it found that the appeal court was not competent in a ruling that is final. The case has rekindled a charged debate over France’s right-to-die laws, which allow so-called “passive” euthanasia for severely ill or injured patients with no chance of recovery.last_img

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