Judges support doctors' decision to stop treating dying manBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7516.536-a (Published 08 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:536
- Owen Dyer
The relatives of an 86 year old Muslim man with multiple organ failure have lost their legal battle to keep him on life support, after the rejection of their last possible appeal.
The man, who for legal reasons is known only as Mr A, has been in hospital since July. The NHS trust responsible for the hospital, which also cannot be named, won permission from the High Court on 26 July to cease dialysis and to forego attempting resuscitation in the event of respiratory failure. But the trust was told not to act on the decision until the family had had time to appeal.