On February 9, 2009, the death of a young woman who had lain in a permanent vegetative state (PVS) for seventeen years brought an end to an unprecedented conflict between institutional powers in Italy.
Gentili, Gianluca and Groppi, Tania
"Italian Constitutional And Cassation Courts: When The Right To Die Of An Unconscious Patient Raises Serious Institutional Conflicts Between State Powers,"
ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law: Vol. 18
, Article 3.
Available at: http://nsuworks.nova.edu/ilsajournal/vol18/iss1/3