Vegetative patient left in limbo since 2008

The life of a severely brain damaged Frenchman hangs in the balance as doctors refuse to make a call on whether to stop intravenous feeding and let him die.

Despite a court ruling in favour of passive euthanasia, his doctors say their hands are tied, citing security fears for their inaction.

They say they are stuck in the middle of a family feud after the patient, Vincent Lambert, was left in a vegetative