- Aug 7, 2020
A man who was in a vegetative state for 11 years yet at the center of a bitter dispute that divided his family and French courts, and provoked national soul-searching over how to deal with terminally ill patients, died on Thursday.
On Tuesday doctors withdrew life support from a French man despite family opposition and papal appeals.
A last-ditch appeal to the United Nations forced French doctors to resume life support Tuesday for a man who has been in a vegetative state for years and whose case has drawn attention across Europe.
The withdrawal of nutrition and hydration from a patient whose body can absorb them is a “serious violation” of the person’s dignity, said two Vatican officials.
Pope Francis called for prayers for “painful and complex” situations such as that of British infant Alfie Evans, and also expressed frustration over continued violence in Syria.