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French doctor in euthanasia row faces murder charge

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 06 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1068
  1. Jane Burgermeister
  1. Vienna

    A French doctor who helped a severely disabled man to die could be charged with premeditated murder.

    Frédéric Chaussoy, the head of intensive care at the hospital of Berck-sur-Mer, in Pas-de-Calais, made the decision at the end of September to switch off the life support machine of 22 year old Vincent Humbert after consulting his team.

    State prosecutors are also questioning Mr Humbert's mother, Marie Humbert, 48, who tried to help her son commit suicide by injecting him with barbiturates but who only succeeded …

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