Addenbrooke's hospital must respect the right to life for everyone.
A judge has ruled that a grandmother in her ‘50s who is on life support must die, against the wishes of her family.
The woman, who cannot be named, has been left paralysed and with brain damage as a result of contracting COVID-19.
Far from being classified as ‘brain dead', the woman’s family say that she is able to feel and show degrees of emotion and enjoys watching episodes of Mr Bean, Eastenders and other popular TV shows on her iPad.
According to testimony given to the court by the family’s barrister, the woman can communicate and respond to questions. She moves her head, pulls a face when she finds something funny, squints when she is in pain and can remember things to an extent. The woman also enjoys being tickled.
The hospital trust claims that there is nothing more that can be done for this woman and therefore her life support should be removed because it is ‘adding to her burden and causing her pain’.
The woman’s family claims that when she had full mental capacity she consented to the full escalation of her treatment and that the judge failed to consider the importance of her religious and cultural beliefs.
The decision to end this woman’s life is an attempt at forced euthanasia. It is chilling that a court can consider ending the life of a person against theirs and their family's wishes, especially when they are conscious.
This is another case of a hospital trust and the courts acting as though they have the power of life and death over a patient and riding roughshod over the family’s wishes. These court cases cost the NHS several thousands of pounds in legal fees, money which could be better spent elsewhere.
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