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Man, 34, who didn’t want to live with stoma should be allowed to die, says judge

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2243 (Published 05 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2243
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A 34 year old man should have artificial feeding and hydration withdrawn because he would not have wanted to live with an irreversible stoma, a High Court judge has ruled.1

The man, referred to as MSP, drew up an advance decision stating that he would not want to be kept alive with a stoma that had less than a 50% chance of reversibility, but the document was not binding because he had failed to get two witnesses to his signature.

As a result the Court of Protection had to decide whether it was in MSP’s best interests for Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to withdraw artificial feeding and allow him to die with palliative care.

At a virtual hearing, which the clinical lead for …

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