More than 300 people gathered in front of the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris on Wednesday to offer prayers for Vincent Lambert, a quadriplegic Frenchman who has been in a vegetative state for more than 10 years. He life support was withdrawn seven days ago at Reims hospital despite repeated appeals by family members and Catholic leaders, including Pope Francis.
Footage shows a highly emotional evening which saw Jerome Triomphe, lawyer of Vincent Lambert’s parents addressing the crowd and saying his goodbyes, he said “We will not forget you! Goodbye, my persecuted little brother. Goodbye Vincent.” People were crying as they prayed and lit candles to show their support for the Lambert family with Dr Catherine Kiefer, specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation calling the decision “a horror” and a “terrible perversion”.
Vincent Lambert, 42, has been in a vegetative state since a 2008 traffic accident, but the question of whether to continue keeping him alive artificially has bitterly divided his family and the nation. Doctors announced on July 2, 2019 that they will begin ending life support treatment.