Mother asks Court of Protection to permit doctors to cease care for severely ill daughter

The Court of Protection is being asked to rule on an application by a woman for doctors to stop providing life-support treatment to her severely ill daughter, who has suffered from Huntington’s disease for over 20 years

The mother has launched litigation in the Court of Protection, where issues relating to people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions about treatment are considered, on her daughter’s behalf.

Huntington’s disease is an inherited condition that damages nerve cells in the brain. The mother says medical evidence shows her daughter is in the end stages of life, and relatives and doctors agree that life-support treatment should stop, according to an article in The Guardian.

Mr Justice Peter Jackson is scheduled to decide what moves are in the daughter’s best interests after analysing the case at a hearing in London on 22nd June.

Yogi Amin, a solicitor with the law firm Irwin Mitchell who is representing the woman along with a barrister, Victoria Butler-Cole, said allowing a relative to be a “litigation friend” in such circumstances was rare.

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