Updated: Thursday, 2nd April 2020 @ 8:03pm

Family of Manchester man in vegetative state claim he would want life saved by doctors because of Muslim faith

Family of Manchester man in vegetative state claim he would want life saved by doctors because of Muslim faith

By Dean Wilkins

The family of a severely brain damaged Manchester Muslim father are continuing their High Court battle to overrule doctor’s advice to prevent life-saving treatment if his condition deteriorates.

The man – known to the court as ‘L’ – is in a permanent vegetative state and medical staff have informed his family that he will never recover and his life cannot be saved.

But his family told the judge that if the 55-year-old man could express his wishes he would refuse to not be resuscitated because of his religion and faith.

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which is responsible for his care, is seeking court permission to not offer him ventilation or resuscitation if there was ‘a life-threatening event’ as it would be in his best interests to do so.

Claire Watson, appearing for the Trust, said the hospital had informed the family that the man is in a permanent state ‘with minimal prospects of improving any neurological function and no meaningful prospect of further recovery’.

She added: “The consensus of opinion is that in the event of significant deterioration L should not be actively resuscitated or ventilated.

“Rather than there being the prolongation of life, there would be the prolongation of death and lack of dignity."

But the judge was told, on behalf on the family, ‘life is sacred and it would be contrary to the tenets of their religion not to provide life-supporting treatment’.

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