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French court says life support should be turned off for tetraplegic

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French court says life support should be turned off for tetraplegic

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A French court has ruled that doctors should be allowed to switch off the life support machine for a tetraplegic man after nearly six years in a coma.

Vincent Lambert, who is now is his late thirties, has been kept artificially alive since a motorbike accident on the way to work in September 2008 plunged him into a coma.

Lambert’s wife Rachel had asked doctors to let her husband die. However his parents, who are devout Catholics, took legal action against doctors last year to stop them doing so.

His parents have asked for an emergency ruling from the European Court of Human Rights against the Council of State’s decision. The international rights court said in a statement it would respond “as soon as possible.”