Palliative care

Euthanasia: Isn’t there more than one viewpoint?

The media have widely broadcast the viewpoints of a woman with a degenerative disease requesting euthanasia, whereas another woman has requested that viewpoints on this sensitive subject be treated in an equal manner. Anne Bert, a 59-year old woman who has been...

The Vincent Lambert Affair: chronology of events

  29 September 2008: At the age of 32, Vincent Lambert was plunged into a deep coma by a serious car accident. Hospitalised at the re-animation unit at the Hospital complex of Chalons-en-Champagne, he woke to a so-called “poorly relational” state. July 2011: Prof....

European Court rules to withdraw life-support for baby Charlie Gard

On June 28, 2017, the decision rendered by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) confirms the British courts’ ruling, thus authorizing withdrawal of life-support for Charlie Gard, a 10-month-old infant with a mitochondrial disease. Born on 4 August 2016, Charlie...

End-of-Life: New French Guidelines

At the end of May the French Society for Counselling and Palliative Care (“SFAP”) published 4 documents on its website, which were submitted to the French National Authority for Health (HAS). The intended goal is to update Palliative Care guidelines, after the...
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