Woman dies two months after food withdrawal

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 24 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1501
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The death of an 85 year old woman two months after her doctor ordered withdrawal of her feeding supplements has reopened the debate about assisted deaths. The Voluntary Euthanasia Society asks why doctors are allowed to stop treatment to hasten death but patients are unable to request a lethal injection.

    May Ormerod died in August 1995 weighing less than 25 kg after Dr Ken Taylor instructed nurses at Oxford House in Preston to stop feeding her the liquid food …

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