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Italian Court Presides Over the Judgment of Incurably Ill Italian Man, Pleading Euthanasia

by Savitha C Muppala on  December 17, 2006 at 6:38 AM General Health News   - G J E 4
Italian Court Presides Over the Judgment of Incurably Ill Italian Man, Pleading Euthanasia
Rome - A decision is awaited from the Italian court, presiding over a milestone case regarding a patient named Piergiorgio Welby - suffering from muscular dystrophy, paralyzed and terminally ill - who has petitioned the court to allow the doctors to disengage him from the respirator, and allow him to die.
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Italy, largely influenced by Roman Catholic sentiments, has not taken it too well, and the case has stirred a hornet's nest, where euthanasia is not permitted by the law.

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Welby is bedridden and is fed only by means of a tube. A computer deciphers his eye movement and relates his thoughts, as he is unable to speak. He has appealed to the courts to permit euthanasia, so that he may be allowed o die peacefully, rather than undergo the suffering.

The court proceedings will seek to ascertain the veracity of administering life - prolonging treatment to Piergiorgio Welby. Javier Lozano Barragan, president of the Vatican's pontifical health council said, "The problem in this case is to know if we are really faced with a case of prolonging life by artificial means."

The judgment is awaited this week.

Source: Medindia
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