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Posted on February 8, 2020 at 2:16 PM

Mrs. Justice Lieven has now posted the reasons for her December 2019 declaration that had been sought by Rotherham NHS Trust in the case of 2-month-old Baby X.


Baby X was born with hydraencephaly, meaning that some of his brain was not fully formed. The court determined that “X’s life is minimal, if non-existent…. The only sensation that he does have is one of pain…. X’s life is one of nothing but suffering.” Therefore, the court declared: “It is not in X’s best interests that he should be resuscitated or that he should be given life-sustaining treatment.”

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