Thursday, April 21, 2005

UK Parents' wishes for their child overruled by courts

High court says: "Baby 'should be allowed to die'"

Charlotte Wyatt
Charlotte was born with brain, lung and kidney damage

A severely brain-damaged baby should be allowed to die if she stops
breathing, a High Court judge has ruled.

The parents of 18-month-old Charlotte Wyatt have lost their legal battle
to overturn a court order allowing doctors not to resuscitate her.

Darren and Debbie Wyatt, from Portsmouth, had been fighting the ruling,
made in October.

But Mr Justice Hedley said that the new order was not open-ended and
remained subject to review.

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