French Hospital Rules to Euthanize Disabled Man Against Parents’ Wishes


(Breitbart) – The Sebastopol Hospital in Reims, France, has ordered the removal of food and water from their patient Vincent Lambert, who suffered severe trauma to the skull in an automobile accident in 2008 that left him a quadriplegic.

After several months of consultations with hospital staff, Lambert’s physician Dr. Vincent Sanchez ruled Monday that continuing to feed and hydrate the patient constituted “unreasonable obstinacy” towards the disabled patient and ordered that he be euthanized within ten days, despite the fact that he breathes on his own and his internal organs function normally.

The case of Vincent Lambert has been likened to that of Terri Schiavo in the United States, a woman in a “permanent vegetative states” who was euthanized in 2005. In both cases, the spouse advocated for the removal of nutrition and hydration while the parents of the patient fought for the life of their child.

At the time of the Terri Schiavo case, the Vatican’s top bioethicist Bishop Elio Sgreccia said that starving Schiavo to death would be a “pitiless way to kill” someone. Sgreccia—who was made a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2010—has rendered a similar judgment in the case of Lambert, which has been made available to Breitbart News. CONTINUE