Crucial point nears in charged French case of comatose man

Crucial point nears in charged French case of comatose man

REIMS, France (AP) — Doctors are expected to announce a decision Thursday in the emotionally charged case of a comatose French man whose family is divided over whether to continue care for him.

Vincent Lambert was left comatose in a 2008 car accident. His wife wants doctors to stop life support yet his parents disagree. The case, with echoes of the American case a decade ago of Terri Schiavo, went up to Europe's human rights court, which ruled in June that doctors could stop treatment. A French court backed that decision.

Catholic bishops of the Rhone-Alpes region, where Lambert's parents live, on Tuesday called for Lambert to be kept alive.

p>Euthanasia, which involves an act to kill the patient, is not legal in France. Stopping care is in some cases.

Source: “Associated Press”

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