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Posted on June 18, 2020 at 3:00 AM

This headline might be unusual if it referenced a U.S. court. But it is hardly unusual for a British court to authorize withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment over parental or surrogate objections.


Clinicians at Sheffield Teaching Hospital determined that continued treatment for an 8-week-old baby was not in the baby’s best interests. The baby has necrotizing enterocolitis. But the parents objected, arguing that not all options had been exhausted and that withdrawing treatment violated their Muslim beliefs. 


Mr Justice Hayden ruled that ending intensive care was in the boy’s best interests.


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