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Court case adjourned after diagnosis of persistent vegetative state changes

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5803 (Published 28 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5803
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The case of a severely brain damaged man at the centre of a dispute between his family and his doctors has been adjourned after an independent expert cast doubt over the diagnosis of persistent vegetative state.

Doctors believed that the 55 year old father of eight from Greater Manchester was in a persistent vegetative state after a cardiac arrest six weeks ago. They had asked the Court of Protection to rule that it would not be in his best interests …

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