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Judge over-rules earlier decision on Charlotte Wyatt

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 27 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:985
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A high court judge in London last week lifted the declaration that he made a year ago that gave doctors treating a severely disabled 2 year old legal protection if they refused to ventilate her in the event of a life threatening emergency.

    Mr Justice Hedley discharged the declaration because Charlotte Wyatt, who had her second birthday on the day of his judgment, had considerably improved and there might be circumstances in which it would be in her best interests to ventilate her.

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    Darren and Debbie Wyatt (pictured outside the High Court) will not be able to …

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