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In re JM – High Court Rules Patient’s Best Interest to Withhold Treatment

Mr Justice Peter Kelly

As the whole world is learning about the Charlie Gard case, other British courts continue to make best interest determinations contrary to family wishes for life-sustaining treatment.

In late June, the High Court of Ireland issued a 38-page judgment in Health Service Executive v JM.  Clinicians determined that it was appropriate to withhold an increase in existing ventilatory support and CPR from a 36-year-old patient in  minimally conscious state.  

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