The most famous coma patient in France is said to die
After years of litigation, the best-known coma patient in France is to die: in the university clinic in Reims in eastern France, doctors want to end Vincent Lambert's artificial nutrition next week - against the fierce resistance of the parents, who are responsible for all of their parents' lives went.
The 42-year-old has been in a kind of coma since a motorcycle accident ten years ago. The parents of the former nurse want to go to the barricades until the end: Under the motto "I support Vincent", his mother Viviane has announced a protest in front of the hospital in Reims for Sunday.
"In France, nobody should die of hunger and thirst in 2019," explains the 73-year-old, who, like her 90-year-old Pierre, is strictly Catholic. Parents receive support from the church: Archbishop of Reims, Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, called on the authorities to "not go the way of euthanasia".
The legal dispute has been smoldering for around six years and has led Vincent Lambert's parents to the highest authorities in France and the Council of Europe. At the end of April, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg rejected its appeal against the doctor's plan for the second time. The French State Council had previously ruled as the highest administrative court in the medical sense.
The Vincent Lambert case not only divides doctors and parents, but also the family: Lambert's wife and several siblings of the vegetative patient are against continuing life-support measures.
The doctors leave open when exactly in the coming week they want to stop the artificial nutrition. Lambert would then die a few days later. It is uncertain whether Vincent Lambert will notice anything about the dispute over his life. He has been paraplegic since his accident, the doctors describe his condition as vegetative. According to a November report, he has "no access to his consciousness".