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Celia Kitzinger

  • U.K.’s Landmark Case on Withholding Treatment Affirms the Importance of Patients’ Values

    Posted on December 3, 2013

    Family Lose Right-to-Life Case at U.K.’s Highest Court.” “Judges ‘Right’ to Allow Man to Die.” “Widow Loses ‘Withdrawn Treatment’ Case.” These were the headlines on a recent Supreme Court decision in the U.K. about end-of-life decision-making for a patient in a minimally conscious state: Aintree University Hospitals HNS Foundation Trust v James [2013] UKSC 67.… Read more

  • “M,” Polly, and the Right to Die

    Posted on October 12, 2011

    Another landmark right-to-die case hit the U.K. headlines last week. A High Court judge ruled, in W v M & Ors [2011] EWHC 2443 (Fam), that a 52-year- old woman in a minimally conscious state (after contracting viral encephalitis nearly 10 years ago) cannot be allowed to die (by having artificial nutrition and hydration withdrawn)… Read more