Euthanasia

Death of man at centre of French right-to-die case

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The death of Vincent Lambert, 42, who had been in a persistent vegetative state since a motorcycle accident 11 years ago, was announced on Thursday, one week after doctors began withdrawing his life support at the end of a lengthy legal battle that bitterly divided his family.

Father denounces 'murder' of son after losing 'right-to-die' battle

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Doctors in a hospital in Reims, north-east France, have begun removing the last support systems keeping alive Vincent Lambert, who was left quadriplegic with what they say describe as irreversible brain damage following a traffic accident 11 years ago, after his parents finally lost their six-year legal battle opposing the move, a case which bitterly divided Lambert's family.   

Family divided as French medics end life of man in vegetative state

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A French hospital has begun the process of ending life support for Vincent Lambert, 42, who suffered severe brain damage after a traffic accident in 2008, with the agreement of his wife and several siblings but to the dismay of his parents who have fought a lengthy but unsuccessful legal battle against the decision.

French euthanasia doctor 'attempts suicide'

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Nicolas Bonnemaison, who was convicted of poisoning a terminally ill patient, was found slumped in a vehicle in south-west France.

Appeals court convicts French euthanasia doctor

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But court found Nicolas Bonnemaison guilty of just one count of killing a patient and he was given a two-year suspended jail sentence.

French parliament approves continuous sedation of terminally ill

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The National Assembly passed a bill that stops short of euthanasia but allows doctors to give deep sedation to patients until their death.

French parliament readies new end-of-life legislation

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Draft law moves a step closer to euthanasia by giving right to 'deep and ongoing sedation' until death for terminally-ill patients who request it.

French doctor acquitted in 'mercy killing' trial

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Nicolas Bonnemaison, who ended the lives of seven terminally-ill patients, was acquitted of all charges after trial that raised issue of euthanasia.

Top French court grants coma patient the right to die

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But parents of Vincent Lambert, who has been in a coma since 2008, appeal to European Court of Human Rights over case that has split family.

'Poison doctor' trial reopens France's euthanasia debate

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The trial of a doctor accused of fatally poisoning seven patients close to death will judge whether his actions were palliative care or homicide.

French court rules against euthanasia for car accident victim

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The court ruled against ending the life of a 38-year-old quadriplegic for five years in a vegetative state and whose family are divided over his fate.

France moves one step closer to legalising euthanasia

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Medical ethics council rules that assisted suicide be allowed when ailing patients make "persistent, lucid and repeated requests" to end their life.