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Trust decides against legal action to force girl to receive heart transplant

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 12 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2526

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  1. Clare Dyer
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    A terminally ill 13 year old British girl is to be allowed to die at home after a primary care trust decided not to try to force her to undergo a heart transplantation.

    Hannah Jones persuaded Herefordshire Primary Care Trust that she was competent to make her own decisions about medical treatment and was making an informed choice not to have the operation that could have prolonged her life.

    Hannah, of Marden, near Hereford, was given a diagnosis of leukaemia at age 4 years. Cardiomyopathy was diagnosed while she was undergoing chemotherapy for the disease. Last year …

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