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Twins with incurable progressive disease can be taken off life support, High Court rules

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 19 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5541
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

Identical twin boys with a progressive and incurable neurodegenerative disorder have died at age 14 months, after a High Court judge ruled that they should be taken off life support despite their parents’ objections.

Their Iraqi father represented himself and the boys’ mother in court, arguing through an interpreter that they should be kept alive and that it was against Islamic principles to withdraw life support before the brain had stopped functioning entirely.

But Mr Justice Holman said that it …

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