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Scottish court gives right to die

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7039.1115 (Published 04 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1115
  1. Clare Dyer

    Doctors caring for a woman who has been in a persistent vegetative state for four years were given permission to withdraw artificial feeding last week, in Scotland's first right to die case. At the Court of Session in Edinburgh Lord Cameron of Lochbroom ruled that it was no longer in Janet Johnston's best interests to keep her alive.

    Four neurologists have told the Law Hospital NHS Trust in Lanarkshire that Mrs Johnston, aged 53, is in a persistent vegetative state and …

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