Court reverses decision to switch man's life support off

A French court has decided a quadriplegic man's life support will continue, hours after his wife decided to switch it off.
Yesterday, Vincent Lambert's wife Rachel was granted permission to have his feeding tubes withdrawn, despite a lengthy court battle with his parents who are devout Catholics and insist he be kept alive.
The 42-year-old was paralysed after a 2008 motorbike accident.

He suffered severe brain damage and has remained in a vegetative state, kept alive with a gastric tube that feeds him water and food.
The former psychiatric nurse's mother Viviane Lambert spent years advocating for him to remain on life support, as he can breathe on his own and occasionally opens his eyes.
Despite this, a court ruled in favour of his wife yesterday, allowing doctors to remove his tubes.
But in a last-minute decision, that ruling was reversed in the evening and life support was switched back on.
The 11
hour backflip on ending Mr Lambert's life came after the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities had called on France to delay euthanizing him while they investigated further.
The high-profile case has divided France, where euthanasia is illegal and the matter has been the subject of several judicial hearings in the country even going to the European Court of Human Rights.

In 2013, Mr Lambert's doctors recommended turning off his life support and his wife agreed.
Because his parents were not consulted about the decision, they took legal action to try and prevent it from happening.
His wife, six siblings and a nephew were all in favour of ending his life, but his parents and two other siblings refused to allow it.
The case has gathered a large following in Europe, with President Emmanuel Macron and even the Pope weighing in on it after Mr Lambert's parents wrote an open letter to the president, pleading for his help.
'Mr President, Vincent Lambert will die without hydration in the week of May 20 if you do nothing,' the letter read.
'You are the last and only one who can intervene.'

However, President Marcon rejected the call to intervene saying the decision was made after constant dialogue between doctors and his wife, who is his legal representative.
But the ECHR decision may have also been swayed by Mr Lambert's parents and their supporters, who rallied outside the hospital in France's north yesterday as his mother cried 'They are monsters' as proceedings began.
Despite Mr Lambert's parent's win in keeping him alive for the time being, France's Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said all legal appeals had been exhausted and the ministry was not legally required to act on the UN's request.
Any further decisions will be based on the UN's findings.
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