A French man at the center of a bitter fight over legislation to die died in the hospital on Thursday more than a week after doctors had removed his hydration and food tubing.
Cousin François Lambert confirmed that his uncle had died in France at 8:24 am on Thursday morning.
Vincent Lambert, 42, was involved in a near-fatal car accident in 2008, causing a quadriplegic with serious brain damage that doctors had long said were irreversible.
Vincent Lambert died more than a week after doctors removed his hydration and nutritional hoses in the hospital
Abandoned in a vegetative state, whether to continue to love him, lived his family and the nation artificially divided.
Doctors at a hospital in the northern city of Reims started removing the tubes on July 2 and kept him heavily sedated after years of legal battle that raged at the highest courts in France and Europe.
The case again aroused a charged debate about the right to die laws, allowing for so-called & # 39; passive & # 39; euthanasia for critically ill or injured patients who are kept artificially alive without any chance of recovery.
In May, even Pope Francis became involved and tweeted that it was necessary to protect the life, the gift of God, from the beginning to the natural end.
Lambert's wife, Rachel, who is his legal guardian under French law, had said that her husband made clear before his accident that he did not want to live artificially, although this was never written down.
People in the streets of Paris demonstrate in support of Vincent Lambert who has been in a deep vegetative state for more than a decade
The parents of the French quadriplegic Vincent Lambert, his father Pierre Lambert and mother Viviane Lambert arrive at the Sebastopol hospital in Reims on 19 May 2019. The devout Catholics fought for years to stop their life support
Vincent Lambert & # 39; s cousin, Francois confirmed that his uncle had died in the hospital on Thursday morning
Several medical assessments that the court had ordered over the years showed that the former psychiatric nurse, who was about to become a father shortly before his accident, had no chance of recovery.
But over the years, his parents, devout Catholics who have nine children, have successfully challenged five different attempts by doctors to stop his livelihood.
The last time they tried was in May, but it was quickly destroyed by a court of appeal in Paris.
That ruling was then transmitted to the Cour de Cassation, France's highest court of appeal, which on June 28 said doctors could legally end his life support in what lawyers considered his wife's final judgment to be.
With their efforts spurned by the highest courts in France and by the European Court of Human Rights, Lambert's parents have threatened to accuse & # 39; murder & # 39; to submit when their son dies.
Neurologist and adviser to Vincent Lambert & # 39; s parent Xavier Ducrocq (R) shows a 42-year-old photo at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on July 1, 2019. The parents had gone to the UNHRC as part of a final struggled to keep their son alive
On July 1, his mother Viviane turned to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in a final plea for help.
& # 39; Without your intervention, my son, Vincent Lambert, will be euthanized because of his mental disability, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; He is in a state of minimal consciousness, but he is not a vegetable. & # 39;
But by Monday, the couple had accepted that their son's death now & # 39; inevitably & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; We can't go anywhere else and now it's too late. Vincent dies, & they said in a statement through their lawyers, and said his condition now & # 39; Medically irreversible.
At the beginning of May, the UN Disability Rights Committee also asked France to keep Lambert alive while conducting his own investigation into his fate, but the government said there was no legal obligation to comply with his request.
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