An advance decision withdrawing life sustaining treatment has been declared valid by the Court of Protection. “XB”, who suffers from motor neurone disease, made a living will a year ago. Mrs Justice Theis found that XB had made a valid decision to stop artificial feeding and ventilation when he lost capacity. XB used eye movements to communicate to his family and witnesses that he wished treatment to be withdrawn in certain circumstances. After a two day hearing on 30 May and 1 April the Court ruled that the living will was not subject to a time limit.
His family will now decide when to withdraw treatment.