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Woman in euthanasia row moved from clinic

A WOMAN at the center of Italy's right-to-die debate was yesterday transferred to a private hospital where she is to be allowed to die after 17 years in a vegetative state.

Eluana Englaro was moved to the northeastern city of Udine overnight, said family lawyer Vittorio Angiolini.

A small crowd of anti-euthanasia activists gathered outside the clinic in Lecco where she had been cared for, seeking to prevent the ambulance leaving, TV footage showed. Some were shouting: "Eluana, Wake Up!"

Englaro has been in a vegetative state since a car accident in 1992, when she was 20. Her father has led a protracted court battle to disconnect her feeding tube, insisting it was her wish.

An Italian court granted his request last summer, setting off a political storm.

Her father sought to have her removed from the Catholic clinic in Lecco to Udine, the region where the family is from. But the government told state hospitals they must guarantee care for people in vegetative states, leading at least one Udine hospital to refuse to take Englaro.


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