Doc­tors re­quest pro­tec­tion in case of co­matose man

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

REIMS, FRANCE — Doc­tors given a green light by a Euro­pean court to end the life sup­port for a co­matose French man on Thurs­day sought help from pros­e­cu­tors amid an es­ca­lat­ing con­flict be­tween the man’s fam­ily mem­bers. Vin­cent Lam­bert was left co­matose in a 2008 car ac­ci­dent. His wife wants doc­tors to stop care but his par­ents dis­agree and the dis­pute has riv­eted France and di­vided cit­i­zens. The fam­ily mem­bers had met with the med­i­cal team at a Reims hos­pi­tal ex­pect­ing to learn whether life sup­port would be ended. In­stead, the team said the case will now be re­ferred to the pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice to des­ig­nate a le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive to pro­tect Lam­bert. The case has al­ready gone through French courts and in June Europe’s hu­man rights court ruled that doc­tors could stop treat­ment. The As­so­ci­ated Press

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