Siamese twins to be separated against parents' willBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7260.529 (Published 02 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:529
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
Siamese twins born in England can be separated—against their parents' wishes—to save the life of the stronger baby, even though the operation will kill the weaker twin, a High Court judge ruled last week.
In the first case of its kind in Britain, Mr Justice Johnson gave the go-ahead at the High Court in London for surgeons to operate on the twin girls, born on 8 August at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester.
The twins, given the false names of Mary and Jodie to …