The daughters and partner of a grandmother who lapsed into unconsciousness following a fall want her to be removed from life support, the Court of Protection has heard.
She should be transferred to a hospice and receive palliative care only, they argue. Her sisters, meanwhile, told Mr Justice Hayden that they want her current medical treatment to continue.
The 72 year-old suffered a head injury after falling last November. CT scans revealed an aneurysm which turned into a haemorrhage and she soon lost consciousness. A feeding tube was installed in hospital at Salford.
Prior to the accident, The Guardian reports, ‘Mrs P’ had been an active churchgoer, campaigner and public speaker.
In court, two of her grandsons recalled the time they had spent together and her independent spirit.
“Sometimes we would go shopping together at the weekend when my mum used to go out. I used to cook tea sometimes. She really liked driving, but she wasn’t very good.”
“She liked her independence. She really liked having family to talk to and do what she wanted.”
The other said:
“I loved being with her. She’d sit and watch me play on the Xbox. She was a fun grandmother.”
Mrs P’s daughter insists her mother would be appalled by her current state if she was aware of it. She told the Judge:
“She would hate it. The indignity of not being able to move, to go to the toilet, to keep herself clean.”
In a change to his earlier stance, the Official Solicitor now supports the stance taken by Mrs P’s daughters, The Guardian reports.
Mr Justice Hayden is expected to announce his ruling next week.
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