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British court allows terminally ill baby to die

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7120.1397c (Published 29 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1397
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent

    Doctors caring for a terminally ill 16 month old British girl were last week given permission to let her die despite the objections of her parents.

    Sir Stephen Brown, president of the High Court's family division, approved the doctors' plans to withdraw artificial ventilation from the girl, who has spinal muscular atrophy type 1, and not to resuscitate her if, as expected, she stops breathing. …

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