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Italian court rules daughter can die


Italy’s top court has given the go ahead for a father to remove the feeding tube keeping his daughter alive.

Eluana Englaro has been in a coma since a car crash in 1992.

The Supreme Court decision is the final ruling in the landmark right-to-die case and ends a ten year legal fight for her father Beppino.

Judges rejected an earlier appeal court decision that prevented the removal of feeding tubes, upholding a previous ruling authorising her life support to be cut off.

Eluana Englaro, who is now 37, has been in a persistent vegetative state in a hospital in northern Italy for the last 16 years.

Euthanasia is illegal in Italy, and the case has divided the strongly religious country.

The Catholic church has deeply opposed any attempts by the 37-years-old’s family to allow her to die.

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