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Woman in Italian right-to-die case dies

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Woman in Italian right-to-die case dies

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Eluana Englaro, the woman at the centre of a right-to-die controversy in Italy, has died in hospital.

Her case had deeply divided the country. While her family had fought to have her feeding tubes removed, the government of Silvio Berlusconi, backed by the Vatican, opposed the move which it said amounted to killing her. Euthanasia is illegal in Italy, but patients are allowed to refuse treatment. Eluana Englaro had been in a vegetative state for the past 17 years after falling into a coma following a car crash.