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Father drops opposition to allow his baby son to die after six days of evidence in court

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 11 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4704
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Baby RB, a severely disabled 13 month old boy, is to be allowed to die after the High Court heard overwhelming evidence that it would be in his best interests.

    His father was fighting for his son to have a tracheostomy and be allowed home but finally dropped his opposition to the hospital’s wish to switch off the ventilator keeping the baby alive after six days of evidence from carers and independent experts.

    The father had opposed the wish of the boy’s mother and the doctors looking after him in intensive care to let him die (BMJ 2009;339:b4573, doi:10.1136/bmj.b4573). But on the seventh day in court …

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