Daughters of Brain-Damaged Woman Win Case for Removal of Feeding Tube


(The Guardian) – The two daughters of a woman left brain-damaged in a hospital bed have won the right to have her taken off a feeding tube that is keeping her alive.

Mrs P’s children had found themselves in a legal battle with her three sisters. The 72-year-old woman went into a minimally conscious state after suffering a fall last November. In the weeks that followed, she suffered headaches and was eventually given a CT scan which revealed she had an aneurysm.

Further tests revealed an acute haemorrhage and a deterioration of her level of consciousness. Medical staff transferred her to a neurohabilitation ward at Salford royal hospital on 3 February. She has remained there since, cared for by specialist staff and sustained by a naso-gastric tube. CONTINUE