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Top French court authorises ending life of quadriplegic

Published on Jun 24, 2014 10:33 PM

PARIS (AFP) - France's top administrative court on Tuesday gave the green light to ending life support for a 38-year-old in a vegetative state, going against his parents' wish to keep him alive.

The case of Mr Vincent Lambert, who has been a quadriplegic since a car crash in 2008, has torn his family apart at a time of intense debate in France over euthanasia and the high-profile trial of a doctor accused of poisoning seven terminally ill patients.

Doctors treating Mr Lambert in the northeastern city of Reims, as well as his wife, nephew and six of his eight siblings want to cut off intravenous food and water supplies.

But his deeply religious Catholic parents, one brother and one sister oppose the decision.

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