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Family’s death plea case rejected by court judge

The woman, who is 52 and can be referred to only as M, is in what is known as a “minimally conscious state”.

Her family argued she was in pain and that artificial feeding and hydration should be withdrawn. The Official Solicitor and the health authority responsible for her care opposed the application.

Mr Justice Baker, who heard legal argument during a Court of Protection hearing in London in July, said the case was unique and raised “very important issues of principle”.

M had “some positive experiences”, he said, and there was a “reasonable prospect” that those experiences could be extended.

Read more at BBC Health.

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