Birmingham & Black Country

Judge backs care of disabled woman

A judge has allowed doctors not to provide certain life-saving treatments to a severely disabled woman.

Mrs Justice Theis has approved an agreement between medics and the 20-year-old woman's parents, after hearings in the Court of Protection.

She ruled the woman could not be identified but said Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals trust could be named as being responsible for care.

The court handles cases involving sick and vulnerable people.

Doctors said the woman had a range of health problems including a severe learning difficulty, severe cerebral palsy, diabetes and epilepsy.

The judge had been asked to decide whether the woman should receive "invasive medical treatment" if her condition deteriorated. She was told an agreement had been reached, and on Wednesday gave her approval at a Court of Protection hearing in London.

A lawyer representing the woman's parents had told the judge there would be inevitable deterioration in her condition. Vikram Sachdeva said the woman's parents hoped she would be able to leave hospital and go back home.

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