Doctors fail to get life support withdrawn from “minimally conscious” patient

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 21 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6366
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an appeal by Toronto doctors who sought to withdraw life support from a severely brain damaged patient against his family’s wishes.

Hassan Rasouli, 61, has been kept alive on a ventilator and feeding tube since contracting meningitis after brain surgery at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital in 2010. His wife, Parichehr Salasel, herself a physician in her native Iran, refused consent to end life support when his doctors concluded that further treatment offered no hope of recovery. She cited the couple’s …

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