Re A (A Child) (withdrawal of life support)

Child – Medical treatment. A 19-month-old child choked on some food and, after being taken to the applicant NHS Trust, was placed on life support. His Saudi parents, who were Muslim, were against turning off life support after he was assessed to be brain dead. The Family Division held that death had been established and granted a declaration that the ventilator be turned off. Further, the court considered that it could not conceive of any circumstances in which a coroner should seek to intervene where a body remained ventilated, beyond those circumstances concerning the removal of organs where the family were consenting

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