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Judge Allows Doctors to Abandon Teen with Cancer, Despite Parent’s Wishes

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Justice Mary Hogg

Justice Mary Hogg
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by Sarra Zagorski, LifeNews.com

In England, a judge has decided that doctors could lawfully stop providing chemotherapy, end “neuro-surgical intervention” and not resuscitate a teenager who has lived with a brain tumor since he was one. The hospital treating the teen submitted an emergency application to the court requesting to withdraw care. However, the teen’s parents wanted treatment to continue because they believe he could have longer to live. They said, “He is a sick child but he is coping. (He) is not dying.”

The teen’s mother passionately argued, “He is a miracle child and has survived things you thought he would not. He deserves a chance. Doctors should treat the patient to the very end. That is how I see it. He deserves the right to be treated. He is still your patient.”

The judge, Mary Hogg, was sympathetic to the family but ultimately sided with the hospital. She said, “He has shown particular resilience and courage. His mother … has fought every corner for him. And he has fought a few corners for himself. The parents want everything to be done to keep (him) alive. The mother is clearly very passionate. The father follows suit.”

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