Seven months ago, a man from Liverpool was admitted to hospital with digestive problems. Since this time he has faced a number of complications, leaving him unable to speak or breathe unaided.
The doctors at the hospital told the family that they wanted to withdraw treatment, which may lead to his death.
The family fought this decision stating that he continued to have a quality of life and had been sitting up in bed, reading a newspaper recently. They went on to say that he enjoyed seeing his grandchildren and smiled when they visited.
Mr Justice Jackson at the Court of Protection ruled in favour of the family stating that the hospital had undervalued his quality of life. He said that whilst the prognosis was ‘grim’, continued treatment was not futile or ‘overly burdensome’.