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Mother cannot stop doctor’s involvement in her daughter’s treatment, judge rules

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 20 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1684
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The mother of a 7 year old girl with cerebral palsy has failed to persuade a High Court judge that a surgeon at Great Ormond Street children’s hospital in London should no longer be involved in her treatment.

The girl, named only as TM, who normally lives at home with her mother, is unable to swallow and was being fed through a nasogastric tube, but she was not receiving enough nutrition by this means. Her parents, who are separated, agreed with the paediatric surgeon looking after her that she should have a gastrostomy.

The mother also consented to a peripherally inserted central catheter, but when the site of its insertion became infected and …

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