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Stroke survivor should not have feeding tube withdrawn, rules judge in case heard by Skype

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 30 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1299
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A stroke survivor who repeatedly told carers that he wanted to die should not have his artificial feeding withdrawn, a High Court judge has ruled.1

In one of the first High Court cases to be heard by Skype because of the covid-19 pandemic, Mr Justice Mostyn decided that it would not be in the best interests of the man, referred to as AF, to be allowed to die.

AF, who is in his 70s, originally came from Ireland but lives in the Midlands. He lacks the capacity to take treatment decisions for himself. He lives in a long term care home, and the case was brought by the local clinical commissioning group (CCG). None of the parties in the case was identified, including the CCG …

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