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Judge orders amputation against patient’s wishes

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3497 (Published 23 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3497
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A woman with an infected leg should have part of the limb amputated against her wishes, a High Court judge has ruled.

Mr Justice Bodey made the ruling in the Court of Protection after deciding that the unnamed woman, who is in her 50s, lacked the mental capacity to take her own decisions.

He ruled that she should be given the “opportunity to live,” after hearing evidence from medical specialists and visiting her in the hospital where she is an inpatient. He also heard from her two adult children, who wanted her to have the surgery. …

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