Skip to comments.Italian woman in right-to-die debate dies (Eluana Englaro)
Posted on 02/09/2009 2:48:07 PM PST by Pyro7480
The 38-year-old woman who ignited a fierce right-to-die debate that convulsed Italy and dragged in the Vatican died Monday just as lawmakers in Parliament rushed to pass a bill designed to keep her alive.
Eluana Englaro had been in a vegetative state since she was in a car accident 17 years ago. She died Monday night at the Udine clinic where she had been for the past week, said family attorney Vittorio Angiolini.
"Yes, she has left us," the ANSA news agency quoted her father, Beppino Englaro, as saying. "But I don't want to say anything, I just want to be alone."
Englaro's doctors had said her condition was irreversible. Late last year, her father won a decade-long court battle to allow her feeding tube to be removed, saying that was her wish. In line with the high court ruling, medical workers on Friday began suspending her food and water.
But Italy's center-right government, backed by the Vatican, had pressed to keep her alive, racing against time to pass legislation prohibiting food and water from being suspended for patients who depend on them.
Senators who had just begun debating the bill observed a minute of silence Monday night when the news of her death was read out in the Senate chamber.
Government officials vowed to pass the legislation even though it was too late to save Englaro....
Citing records from the clinic, ANSA said Englaro died of cardiac arrest.
Opponents of letting Englaro die immediately called for an autopsy. "This sudden death, when just this morning the experts said her conditions were stable, is perplexing," said Dr. Gianluigi Gigli, a neurologist at the University of Udine who had supported the government's efforts to keep her alive....
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Catholic and pro-life ping!
“She has left us.” = “We had her killed.”
Heute Eluana Englaro. Morgen, Uns.
Heavenly Father, please comfort her loved ones and those who were defending her life. In Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen
Cause of Death: Forcible Dehydration and Starvation.
Josef Mengele would have been proud.
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I pray they press forward with the legislation and name it after her.
Will these laws still be on the books when the mmuslims take over the country in a decade or so?