High Court rules life support for brain dead pregnant woman can be turned off

The High Court has ruled that the life support for a pregnant woman who is medically brain dead can be turned off, at the discretion of doctors. Public Domain Image The judgement is not expected to be appealed. The woman in her 20s who has two other children, was put on life support over three weeks ago, after she suffered serious brain trauma. She was declared brain dead on the 3rd of December, when she was 14 weeks pregnant. However, doctors refused to turn off the life support, against the wishes of her parents – as they were worried about the constitutional rights of the unborn foetus. Earlier this week the woman’s family and her partner told the court it is their wish for her life support to be terminated, as the prospect of survival of the foetus is minimal, and they want her to die with dignity.

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