Saturday 22 July 2017

Father wants brain-injured son to 'leave this world naturally' as he clings to hope

'The father gave evidence in the continuing hearing of the HSE's application for orders permitting doctors not to administer increased ventilatory, CPR or other treatments to the man, aged in his 30s' Stock photo: Getty Images
'The father gave evidence in the continuing hearing of the HSE's application for orders permitting doctors not to administer increased ventilatory, CPR or other treatments to the man, aged in his 30s' Stock photo: Getty Images

Tim Healy

A father whose severely brain-injured son is at the centre of a High Court case over whether doctors can opt not to resuscitate him if his condition deteriorates says he wants his son to be kept alive.

The father gave evidence in the continuing hearing of the HSE's application for orders permitting doctors not to administer increased ventilatory, CPR or other treatments to the man, aged in his 30s.

"I want him to be kept alive. Where there's life, there's hope," the father said. "When the time comes for him to leave this world, it should come naturally and with the full support a civil and caring society can offer," he added.

He wants his son to remain in a hospital high dependency unit to get all necessary treatments "to keep him alive".

The parents oppose the application. They have separate medical negligence proceedings against the HSE arising from the man's care and treatment following his admission to hospital more than four years ago.

Irish Independent

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