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Court allows second man the right to die

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 22 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:226
  1. C Dyer

    A 24 year old man who has been in a persistent vegetative state in Britain for two and a half years after taking a drug overdose died last weekend, hours after the Court of Appeal sanctioned a decision by doctors not to replace his gastrostomy tube, which had become accidentally dislodged. Three judges ruled that doctors at Cossham Hospital in Bristol were entitled to conclude that the patient, named only as S, be allowed to die.

    The case was the first application concerning the right to die to reach the courts since …

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