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Parents go to court over whether baby son should be allowed to die

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 04 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4573
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    A seriously ill, 13 month old boy is at the centre of a High Court battle between his parents over whether he should be allowed to die.

    An NHS trust is seeking permission from the High Court in London to take the boy, known as RB, off the ventilator that is keeping him alive. His mother supports the move, arguing that her son’s life is “intolerable,” but his father maintains that RB can see, hear, feel, and recognise his parents and should be allowed to go on living.

    RB, who has been in hospital since birth, has …

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