Monday, May 20, 2019

Vincent Lambert is saved from death by dehydration for now

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Sign the petition: Protect Vincent Lambert's Life (Link).

Vincent Lambert
The case of Vincent Lambert has become an emotional roller coaster as one court orders him to be dehydrated to death while another court orders food and water to continue.

Two weeks ago the United Nations Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities intervened stating that causing Lambert's death by dehydration contravened his rights as a person with disabilities. Section 25f of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities  requires nations to:
25(f) Prevent discriminatory denial of health care or health services or food and fluids on the basis of disability.
Euro news reported, on May 20, that doctors, at a hospital in Reims France, were deeply sedating Lambert as part of the process to withdraw fluids and food, causing him to die by dehydration, as approved by a court order.

Vincent Lambert with his mother
Later, that day, Euro news reported that the Court of Appeal in Paris ordered that Lambert be fed and hydrated. The decision was in response to the UN Disability Rights Commission appeal. BBC news reported Lambert's mother as stating:

"They are going to restore nutrition and give him drink. For once I am proud of the courts," she said.
The Lambert case has been winding through the French and European courts for several years.

Lambert was cognitively disabled from a motorcycle accident in 2008. In 2015, his wife petitioned the court to have treatment and care ceased including food and water. His parents wanted that their son transferred to a rehabilitation center. The legal battle concerning withdrawing water and food has continued.

Lambert is a disabled man who is not otherwise dying or nearing death. To directly and intentionally cause his death by withholding fluids is euthanasia by dehydration because he is not otherwise dying. His death would not be from his medical condition but rather, he would die by dehydration, a terrible death.

Sign the petition: Protect Vincent Lambert's Life (Link). 


Suzanne J. said...

Some loving 'wife'! This man is still, very much 'alive', even though his 'cognitive' abilities have been damaged. Thank God that his mother is still alive and well -- that she is willing and able to fight in the Courts, on his behalf! And, thanks be to God that the mother actually WON! To deliberately be 'STARVED' and DYING OF 'UNRELIEVED THIRST', while 'in care' in a Hospital is CRUEL BEYOND ALL MEASURE!

Nancy said...

Thank you, Suzanne J., for your comment and for thanking God, who is capable of miracles. And thank you to Vincent's parents for caring for Vincent, which could help countless others too, including those unjustly being starved and dehydrated to death who are, & who are not, handicapped! And, as always, thank you to Alex Schadenberg!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for recognizing that doctors do this, especially in HOSPICE settings, they will ensure the person dies, as no food or drinks are given. Most people do not know this. as for organ donations, please be aware, you should have a spokes person for you, if you ever get sick. Not everyone wants to die and it's your choice not the medical personnel.
Donna C.

Nancy said...

Thank you very much for SPEAKING UP, Dear Anonymous Donna C.! Thou Shall Not Kill People !

Lorna said...

When my mother had a stroke it left her paralyzed on the right hand side leaving her without speaking and not able to eat. They gave her intervenous for 3 weeks and said they could not continue with it because her veins would not accept the injection any longer. She literally starved to death which was horrible to see. This slow process lasted another 3 weeks until she died. Is this a form of euthanasia?


Alex Schadenberg said...

Dear Lorna:

I am sorry that your mother died over a three week period. This is very sad to witness and worse for the person experiencing the death. If her veins were actually unable to accept the IV then it is not a form of euthanasia. These are difficult questions that cannot be simply answered, but I will say that she should not have died over a three week period and I am really sorry that, that happened.

Nancy said...

Dear Lorna,
From your story, it sounds to me like the doctors knew and expected your mother to pass on if they with-held providing liquids, nourishment & other care from her. I wonder what stopped them from providing her with a feeding tube. I send you my condolences.
I took the following notes from the online Wikipedia definition of Euthanasia;

"Voluntary euthanasia is legal in some countries.
Non-voluntary euthanasia (patient's consent unavailable) is illegal in all countries.
Involuntary euthanasia (without asking consent or against the patient's will) is also illegal in all countries and is usually considered murder.

Voluntary, non-voluntary and involuntary types can be further divided into passive or active variants.[26] Passive euthanasia entails the withholding treatment necessary for the continuance of life."