Doctor charged for switching off his baby's ventilatorBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6952.430 (Published 13 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:430
- J Roberts
A doctor in the US has laid down an ethical challenge to the courts by disconnecting his premature baby's ventilator. The courts last week responded by charging him with manslaughter.
In February the wife of Dr Gregory Messinger, a Michigan dermatologist, gave birth at 25 weeks’ gestation to a 750 g boy who appeared to have no major anomalies. Because the child was born so prematurely both parents told doctors that they wanted no “heroic measures” taken to save his life. But the neonatologist at the Lansing Hospital, Dr …