Vincent Lambert, patient in vegetative state for almost eleven years died Thursday after a stop of the treatments, was victim of over-mediaization and to become a symbol of the debate on the end of life, rises the writer Michel Houellebecq.
"It is difficult for me to get rid of the embarrassing impression that Vincent Lambert died of excessive media coverage, to become in spite of himself a symbol," says the cult author of "Elementary Particles" in a tribune to the World , written before the announcement of the death. In his brief text, he denounces a form of interference by the state and particularly attacks the Minister of Health, Agnès Buzyn, he accuses of having wanted to "open a breach" and "evolve" mentalities".
"Vincent Lambert was not in the grip of unbearable suffering"
"It's done, a breach has been opened, anyway, for the minds, I have doubts, no one wants to die, no one wants to suffer: that is, it seems to me it, the state of minds, for millennia at least, wrote the novelist, one of the most translated French authors abroad.
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Because, "Vincent Lambert was in no way prey to unbearable suffering, he was not suffering any pain at all (...) He was not even at the end of life.He lived in a particular mental state , the most honest of which would be to say that we know almost nothing, "he continues, digressing on the supposed benefits of morphine or the concept of dignity.
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"Dignity can in no way be impaired by a deterioration, however catastrophic, of its state of health, or it is because there has indeed been a change in mentalities. not that there is reason to rejoice, "concludes the novelist of 63 years, known for his novels both polemical and visionary.