Sunday, 6 November 2016
Parents plea for son`s right to life overruled by judge
"A terminally ill boy should be moved to a palliative care regime proposed by specialists despite his parents' objections, a judge has ruled."
"The Family Division of the High Court said the boy should receive care to minimise suffering in his final months."
"He was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2012. His parents had argued that doctors could still treat his symptoms."
"He is expected to live for three to six months, and specialists said `curative treatment` was no longer possible."
"Doctors told the court the boy should have `palliative chemotherapy` to reduce pain, and medication."
"But his mother, a former nurse, said she thought the tumour was slow growing, and was worried about the side effects of chemotherapy and a `cocktail of painkillers`."
"The boy's parents had appealed for their `beautiful` son's `right to life`, and his father wept as the judge outlined the decision."