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Mentally ill man should not be forced to have foot amputation, judge rules

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 02 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5242
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A High Court judge has ruled that a mentally ill man with diabetes and a putrefying foot should not be forced to undergo an amputation even though, without it, he may die within days.

“Mr B,” 73, who has schizoaffective disorder, lacks capacity to decide for himself, and Wye Valley NHS Trust asked the court to declare that it would be in his best interests to have the operation, which he adamantly opposes.

But Mr …

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