Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 60 (Jan)
Court: Family Division

Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss P

Representation Huw Lloyd for the hospital trust.
  Caroline Harry-Thomas for the Official Solicitor.
Judgment Dates: 16 January 2002


Medical Treatment - Withdrawal of treatment - Insensate patient - Patient in vegetative state - Hospital trust seeking declaration to discontinue life sustaining treatment - Whether in patient's best interests not to prolong life.

The Case

On an application by a NHS trust to withdraw artificial life sustaining measures from a patient diagnosed as being in a permanent vegetative state, the court held that there were no benefits in keeping the patient alive by artificial means for the remaining short time of his life expectancy. Accordingly, it was in his best interests that the declarations sought by the trust should be granted.

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