The Lambert Affair: the public rapporteur of the administrative tribunal in Châlons-en-Champagne recommends rejecting François Lambert’s request

On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, the public rapporteur for the administrative tribunal in Châlons-en-Champagne judged that the doctors at the Reims Hospital were within their rights, by virtue of their professional independence, not to put an end to Vincent Lambert’s life. For the rapporteur, the doctor acted “according to his professional and moral responsibility”

The public rapporteur thereby recommended that the judges reject the request made by François Lambert, (Vincent Lambert’s nephew), who is reclaiming application of the decision taken on January 11, 2014 at the Reims hospital by Dr. Eric Kariger to suspend feeding and hydration of the young man in a minimally conscious state following a serious car accident.

Following the ruling rendered by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) the doctor now in charge of Vincent had started a new process seeking a possible decision to stop treatment, then on July 23 finally declined to act, citing outside pressure.

The decision of the administrative tribunal will be rendered on October 9th.


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