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Muslim Man’s Family In Court Of Protection Battle For His Right To Life

August 20, 2012

I hope this case is successful. The family are basing the case on the man’s religion. I am also a Muslim and I do not support assisted suicide, or failure to make every effort to resuscitate. My views have nothing to do with religion. The biggest and most important part of my identity is my disability, so I believe that disabled people, whatever religion they follow, have every right to live with support for as long as is naturally possible.

The family of a Muslim man in a vegetative state are challenging in court a hospital trust which does not want to revive him if he deteriorates.

Doctors at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust say resuscitation would not be in the best interests of Patient L, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

But relatives of the 55-year-old from Greater Manchester argue that to let him die would be against his religion.

The case is being heard at the Court of Protection, High Court, London.

The family of the patient believe if he could express his wishes he would never agree, because of his faith, to an order that he should not be resuscitated or ventilated if there was “a life-threatening event”, the court heard.

‘Life is sacred’

Claire Watson, appearing for the trust which is responsible for Patient L’s care, said it was the unanimous view of clinicians and independent experts that he was in a persistent vegetative state.

The patient has “minimal prospects of improving any neurological function and no meaningful prospect of further recovery”, the court was told.

“Rather than there being the prolongation of life, there would be the prolongation of death and lack of dignity,” Ms Watson added.

Judge Mr Justice Moylan was told it was the family’s view that “life is sacred and it would be contrary to the tenets of their religion not to provide life-supporting treatment”.

The case continues.

One Comment leave one →
  1. John Hargrave permalink
    August 20, 2012 6:54 pm

    Life is sacred. If the family of the person in question express their wishes (which are probably the same as the patient), and they want him to live and die of natural causes, then so bit it. Everyone has a ‘right to life’ and to do nothing is not an option.

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