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Doctors can withdraw treatment from brain damaged baby, High Court rules

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 03 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6024
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A profoundly brain damaged baby boy can have life support treatment withdrawn against his parents’ wishes because it is against his best interests to be kept alive, a High Court judge has ruled.

Ms Justice Russell made the decision “very sadly and with great reluctance” after a hearing at the High Court in London.

She ordered that the boy and his parents should not be identified and that the NHS trust that applied for permission to withdraw life support should not be named until after the boy’s death. The solicitor representing his parents told …

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