Relatives appeal as judge says paralysed Covid victim should be allowed to die

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A grandmother in her 50s left brain damaged and paralyzed from the neck down after contracting Covid-19, was allowed to die after a judge ruled.

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Specialist treating woman in Addenbrook who can’t speak and is on ventilator Hospital In Cambridge Said life support treatment should end.

The family members of the woman did not agree with this and said that they should be given more time.


Wealth Justice Hayden considered the evidence in a recent trial court of protection Where judges oversee hearings in London focused on adults who lack the mental capacity to make decisions, and concluded that life-support treatment should stop by the end of October.

His family members have now asked the judges of the Court of Appeal to consider the matter.

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Court officials say the appeal is to be heard in early November.

lawyers Says life-saving treatment will continue until appeals judges have made a decision.

Experts had told Mr Justice Hayden that the woman was the world’s “most complicated” Covid-19 patient.

Doctors said there was nothing they could do to “improve any aspect of her condition” and said the life-saving treatment was causing her distress and adding to her “burden”.

They thought that her life expectancy could be measured in months and said that moving her to a palliative care setting would enable her to die peacefully and without any discomfort.

Mr Justice Hayden said this was the first time a judge had considered a case of end of life as a result of Covid-19.

He heard how a woman who was overweight and with underlying health problems went to the hospital in late 2020 with symptoms of Covid-19.

Barrister Katie Golop QC, representing the hospital’s owners, said the woman’s case appeared to be “unique”.

She said the woman was “almost completely paralyzed” and had “severe” cognitive impairment.

One expert said the woman had complications not previously “described” in the UK.

Mr Justice Hayden ruled that the woman could not be identified in media reports.


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