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Judge allows boy to have bone marrow transplant against father’s wishes

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7344 (Published 06 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7344
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A High Court judge has given permission for a 3 year old boy to receive a bone marrow transplant against the wishes of his father.

The father initially consented to the procedure at a leading English children’s hospital but withdrew his agreement at the last moment, insisting that the boy, who was called AA in court, be flown back to the unnamed Middle Eastern country where the family lives.

The NHS trust caring for the child, who has spent the past two years at the hospital, had him made a ward …

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