Monday 26 September 2016

Doctors need not prolong life of girl (10)

Tim Healy

Published 10/07/2015 | 02:30

The child was admitted to hospital at four months of age with serious brain damage and has been in State care almost since then
The child was admitted to hospital at four months of age with serious brain damage and has been in State care almost since then

An acutely ill, profoundly disabled 10-year-old girl who is in State care need not receive emergency life-saving intervention if her doctors do not believe it in her interests, the High Court has ruled.

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Her doctor wants her to be able to return to residential care, which has been her home for most of her life, where she can live out her last days in comfort and peace.

She will receive all palliative care - but, should she require cardiac resuscitation, surgery, artificial ventilation, or general anaesthesia, doctors have been given permission to follow their clinical judgment not to provide such aggressive treatment.

The court heard the child, who is acutely ill after developing pneumonia, was admitted to hospital at four months of age with serious brain damage.

She is profoundly intellectually disabled and unable to communicate verbally, but smiles when happy and cries when unhappy.

Irish Independent

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