Paralysed woman's life-sustaining treatment 'can end', judge rules

From BBC - October 30, 2017

A paralysed elderly woman whose care became the focus of a family dispute can have her life-sustaining treatment discontinued, a judge has ruled.

The 72-year-old was left "minimally conscious" after suffering an aneurysm following a fall in 2016.

Doctors wanted artificial feeding to continue but relatives were divided.

A judge concluded the woman would have viewed her "present high level of dependency and minimal awareness" to be a "travesty of life".

The matter came before a Court of Protection hearing, sitting in Preston, where issues relating to people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions are considered.

The woman's sisters wanted her feeding to carry on in the hope that her condition would improve, but her daughters and partner disagreed.

Mr Justice Hayden concluded that the woman, who is being cared for at a unit in the north of England, would have found her "present circumstances" to be "not only intolerable but humiliating".

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