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Doctors can stop artificially feeding woman in vegetative state

Doctors can stop artificially feeding woman in vegetative state

Doctors in the UK can stop artificially feeding a woman in her forties who is in a permanent vegetative state, a judge has ruled after hearings in a specialist court.

Mr Justice Hayden said medics could lawfully provide only palliative care to the woman after analysing evidence at hearings in the Court of Protection - where judges consider issues relating to sick and vulnerable people who might lack the mental capacity to make decisions.

Health bosses had argued that withdrawing artificial nutrition and hydration would be in the woman's best interests.

Close relatives of the woman had agreed.

The judge, who announced his decision at a hearing in London on Monday, said the woman could not be identified.

Bosses at the Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group had asked for a ruling.