Re SJ

Mental health – Persons who lack capacity. The applicant was successful in its application for the authorisation of medical treatment for the first respondent. The first respondent was suffering from sepsis, secondary to a large necrotic infected Grade 4 sacral pressure sore that was unable to heal due to constant contamination by faeces which in turn was caused by incontinence. The Court of Protection permitted the insertion of a colostomy bag to prevent further infection, as any risks associated with the procedure were outweighed by the risk of death in the absence of treatment.

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