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Posted on January 24, 2021 at 9:09 AM

Poland has asked British authorities to let a man (R.S.) in a vegetative state in a Plymouth hospital be transported back to Poland despite multiple British court rulings that life-sustaining treatment should be stopped.

Deputy Justice Minister Marcin Warchol announced that a diplomatic passport in the patient's name had been sent to the Polish consulate in London. If UK authorities recognize it, the man's case would come under Polish jurisdiction, paving the way for him to be repatriated. The Budzik Clinic, a hospital for children with severe brain damage, has agreed to accept R.S. even though he is middle-aged. 

But transferring R.S. to Poland is just as wrong as transferring Charlie Gard to New York in 2017. Just because there is a facility willing to provide the disputed treatment does not mean that the patient should be transferred to that facility. 

In both the Gard and R.S. cases multiple courts have assessed the evidence and determined that it is NOT in the patient's best interest to receive the disputed treatment. Transfer might have an been appropriate dispute resolution pathway before the family-clinician conflict escalated to court. But it is inappropriate now.

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