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Judge allows baby to die in peace

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 13 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:928
  1. Clare Dyer

    A 3 month old baby girl severely brain damaged by meningitis may be released from her “living death” and allowed to die in peace, England's senior family judge ruled last week.

    But the BMA was disappointed that Sir Stephen Brown, president of the High Court's family division, refused to lay down guidelines for doctors taking such decisions in future.

    Sir Stephen ruled that doctors at a Lincolnshire hospital could stop ventilating Baby C, a ward of court who cannot be named. But he turned down an invitation from …

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