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UPDATE: Vincent Lambert Dies 9 Days After Doctors Starve Him Against His Will, Public Outrage Ensues

UPDATE: Vincent Lambert Dead at 42

7/11/19

Vincent Lambert died Thursday morning at the age of 42, nine days after doctors at Sebastopol Hospital in Reims, France removed his feeding tubes and water supply.

Lawyers representing the victim’s parents, Pierre and Vivianne, released the following statement after his passing:

“Vincent has died, killed for reasons of the State and by a doctor who has forsaken his Hippocratic oath. This cathedral of humanity that had been burning for a week under our powerless eyes has collapsed. No account has been taken of the dignity of this handicapped man, [who] was condemned because he was handicapped.

“For the first dignity of all is to respect a person’s life. Part of our common humanity has left us today, because this heinous wrongdoing that is shaking the foundation of our laws and civilization affects us all.”

The attorneys have called for a time of “mourning and silent prayer.”

Pope Francis also spoke out publicly on Vincent’s behalf.

“May God the Father welcome Vincent Lambert in His arms,” the Pope tweeted. “Let us not build a civilization that discards persons those whose lives we no longer consider to be worthy of living: every life is valuable, always.”

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Over 1,500 people have gathered in silence at a local church to mourn the death of a disabled man stripped of his basic rights, and thousands more have publicly cried out over the injustice.

“After nine days of dehydration and starvation by France, 42-year-old Vincent Lambert has died. May he Rest In Peace,” wrote pro-life advocate Lila Rose. “And may all of us who are living—who have the health and freedom to speak—work tirelessly so that this crime against humanity is never committed again.”

**Read more background on Vincent’s tragic story below.


“Immoral & Barbaric”: Parents Watch in Agony as Disabled Son Is Euthanized Through Starvation

7/10/19

Since 2008, 42-year-old Vincent Lambert has been in a semi-vegetative state after suffering severe brain trauma in an automotive accident.

While the former psychiatric nurse is capable of breathing, swallowing, responding to cues, and sleeping and waking on his own, he does require medical assistance for proper nutrients and hydration. Nonetheless, France’s highest court, the Cour de Cassation, has recently overturned an appeal to sustain the man’s life.

Back in May, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ordered a reversal of the decision to withdraw Lambert’s feeding tubes, but now that the Cour de Cassation has ruled, it seems Lambert has lost the fight.

He will essentially be murdered via starvation.

Last Tuesday, doctors began removing life-sustaining machines that fed and hydrated him as his parents, Pierre and Viviane, watched in horror.

“It’s murder in disguise, it’s euthanasia,” said 90-year-old Pierre, who intends to press murder charges for the unjust ending of his son’s life.

Prior to the fatal ruling, his wife Viviane went to the United Nations Committee of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to argue that her son is being discriminated against because the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities “prohibits depriving a person of food and drink.”

Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey is an editor at Outreach. She’s passionate about fear fighting, freedom writing, and the pursuit of excellence in the name of crucifying perfectionism. Glitter is her favorite color, 2nd only to pink, and 3rd only to pink glitter.

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