Soldier with brain injury can have experimental stem cell therapy, says judgeBMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4318 (Published 18 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4318
- Clare Dyer
- The BMJ
A High Court judge has provisionally cleared the way for a soldier disabled by a traumatic brain injury to undergo experimental stem cell treatment at a clinic in Belgrade.
The application by the lance corporal’s mother was opposed by the Ministry of Defence, which is responsible for his care, and the official solicitor, who acted for him in the case at the Court of Protection.
Both argued that there was not enough evidence that the treatment was safe.
Mr Justice Baker ruled that the 27 year old soldier, referred to as D, lacked the capacity to make his own decisions about medical treatment. But D was adamant that he wanted the treatment …