Doctors could oppose child's right to die

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 12 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:405

Doctors caring for a 22 month old boy with brain damage in the north of England, whose parents want him to be allowed to die, are to oppose the parents' High Court application to stop his artificial feeding. Con and Fiona Creedon believe that their son, Thomas, who was injured before birth, is in constant pain. But the doctors looking after him dispute this and insist that his plight is no worse than that of other babies in their care.

Con and Fiona Creedon with their son, Thomas

Humberside social services department had Thomas made a ward of court last month with his parents' consent. The move means that no important changes can be made without the court's consent, pending a hearing in the autumn. Thomas is blind, deaf, and subject to fits, cries inconsolably, and has no control over his limbs. He is unable to swallow and is fed through a tube in his stomach. The president of the High Court's family division, Sir Stephen Brown, said: “He is …

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