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Eluana Englaro granted right to die after 17 years in coma

By KJ Mullins     Feb 4, 2009 in Health
When Eluana Englaro was 20 she was in a horrible car wreck that left her with irreversible brain damage. Her father fought then to have her feeding tube removed so that she could go out with dignity.
After seventeen years Eluana Englaro has been allowed to be transferred to a clinic and allowed to die.
Beppino Englaro's father wanted his daughter's wishes to be carried out. The young woman had seen a friend in a coma prior to her accident and told him that she would not wish to be kept alive in that state.
She is a Italian citizen. In Italy euthanasia is not legal. While patients can refuse treatment they have to voice that themselves. Eluana Englaro's father had to fight in court to give his daughter her voice.
CNN reports:
"We knew Eluana well, and we always thought of her as a champion of freedom," her father said in October. "She had clear ideas about her life and for her, life was about freedom -- not an obligation to live."
While several clinics had come forward to offer their care they had to back away after the Italian health minister pressured them about their duty to care. One clinic though in Udine has agreed to take care of the now 37-year-old Eluana.
The Vatican is firmly against the decision.
Eluana's feeding tube will be removed in about three days. It could take up to 20 days for the woman to finally die.
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