Vincent Lambert: Frenchman at Center of End-of-Life Debate Dies

July 12, 2019

(BBC) – A quadriplegic man, who became a symbol of the right-to-die debate in France, has died after doctors removed his feeding tubes, his family says. Vincent Lambert, 42, had been in a persistent vegetative state since a motorcycle accident 11 years ago. Doctors began taking him off life support last week after a final ruling by France’s highest appeals court. Euthanasia is illegal in France, but doctors are allowed to put terminally ill patients into deep sedation.