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Posted on September 16, 2014 at 4:00 AM

The slow and cumbersome nature of litigation often means that the status quo is preserved for a long time, until judgment.  In the context of end-of-life medical treatment, this usually means that the patient’s biological existence is perpetuated for months or even years unless or until the court says that physiological support can stop.  

The family of Vincent Lambert is fighting about his proper treatment pending a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights either affirming or reversing the French Council of State.

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