Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2005] All ER (D) 157 (Nov)
Neutral Citation: [2005] EWHC 2439 (Fam)
Court: Family Division

Coleridge J

Representation Huw Lloyd for the NHS Trust.
  Caroline Harry Thomas for the Official Solicitor.
  Amy Street for D's parents.
Judgment Dates: 10 November 2005


Medical treatment - Withdrawal of treatment - Insensate patient - Permanent vegetative state - Natural consequences of withdrawing treatment - Best interests of patient.

The Case

On the evidence, the court was driven to conclude that D was in an irreversible vegetative state. Accordingly, the court granted a declaration stating that it was in D's best interests not to be subjected to more than the minimum necessary treatment to allow her to die peacefully and with dignity.

Practice Areas

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