||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 44 (Mar)
Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss P
||Huw Lloyd for the hospital trust.
||Caroline Harry-Thomas for the Official Solicitor.
||5 March 2002
Medical Treatment - Withdrawal of treatment - Insensate patients - Patient in permanent vegetative state - Hospital trusts seeking declaration to discontinue artificial nutrition and hydration - Whether in patients' best interests not to prolong life - Whether lawful to withdraw life sustaining measures.
On an application by a hospital trust to, inter alia, withdraw artificial nutrition and hydration from a patient in a vegetative state, the court was satisfied that there was no prospect of the patient recovering from his condition and that he was in a permanent vegetative state. On that basis the court held that it was lawful for the trust to withdraw life sustaining measures.
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