APPROVAL FROM THE FRENCH COURT FOR PASSIVE EUTHANASIA




Serhat TUNAR -TDO- France's highest court of appeals ruled that life support units for patients with severe brain damage could be shut down.

The recent decision of the Court of Cassation in France to euthanasia has caused Vincent Lambert's case to be brought up again. According to the statement of Vincent Lambert's wife's lawyer who lived under the life support for years after the traffic accident, the right of death may have arisen with the decision of the appellate court.

As it is known, 42-year-old Vincent Lambert had a vegetative life after a traffic accident in 2008 and since then he has been dependent on life support.

Vincent Lambert's legal heir decided to end life support with doctors and advocated passive euthanasia. However, Lambert's family opposed this decision.

Passive euthanasia can be applied to patients who have no chance of recovery under French law. However, Lambert’s Catholic family believes that unlike doctors, Lambert can regain his health and insists on adhering to life support.