Court Prevents Starving “France’s Terri Schiavo” to Death

International   |   Alex Schadenberg   |   Jan 20, 2014   |   11:32AM   |   Paris, France

A court in France ruled against the withdrawal of food and water from Vincent Lambert, a tetraplegic patient who has been in a state of minimal consciousness in hospital for five years, following a car accident.

Lambert was incapacitated in a car accident five years ago, but the decision to cut his intravenous food and water supply has divided his family. Lambert’s doctors and wife wanted to end the supply and allow Lambert to die, but his parents, who are vehemently opposed to ending his life, took his case to court.

vincentlambertThe ruling goes against the wish of his wife and instead favours the parents’ desire to keep their son alive.
The wife and parents of Lambert have long been in opposition over the issue and in recent months his brothers and sisters have become involved on opposing sides.
The Lambert case is very similar to the Terri Schiavo case in 2005 in Florida, except that in the Schiavo case the court sided with Schiavo’s estranged husband rather than her parents and siblings, who wished to care for her.
The French court has prevented Lambert from dying a horrific death by dehydration. Note: Alex Schadenberg is the executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and you can read his blog here.