Partner and sister ask High Court for permission to let “minimally aware” woman die

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 25 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4772
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The family and the former partner of a woman in a “minimally aware” state are asking the High Court in London to rule that she should have artificial feeding withdrawn and be allowed to die.

Her older sister said the 51 year old woman, named only as M, would prefer death to being permanently dependent on others for her care.

The case is the first in which the court has been asked to allow artificial nutrition and hydration to be discontinued where the patient is …

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