This is a landmark case in which the Court of Protection permitted the withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration from PC Paul Briggs, who suffered a brain injury on his way to work for Merseyside Police, and in a minimally conscious state.
It is the first time a court in England and Wales has allowed food and water to be withdrawn from a patient who is otherwise clinically stable, on the basis that the judge was sure that he would not wish to carry on living in this state.
An application for permission to appeal is pending.
Victoria Butler-Cole acted for the Applicant, Mrs Briggs.
Vikram Sachdeva QC acted for the Official Solicitor, the patient’s litigation friend.
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