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Mother asks court to let her brain damaged daughter die

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2522 (Published 18 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2522
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A mother is asking the Court of Protection in London to let her brain damaged daughter die, in a case described by the judge as “unique,” raising “very important issues of principle.”

At a preliminary hearing Mr Justice Baker said the issue of public importance was that the woman was said to be in a minimally conscious state rather than a persistent vegetative state, as in previous cases involving the withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration. The 53 year old woman, known only as M, was healthy until she …

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