Dutch wife loses fight over husbands life

5th April 2011, Comments 1 comment

A terminally 67-year-old patient at the Máxima Medical Centre MMC in the southern town of Veldhoven died last week after doctors stopped artificial respiration despite his wife’s protestations.

One day earlier, the Den Bosch court had rejected her request for an injunction which would have forced the MMC to continue treatment.

A spokesperson for the MMC on Tuesday confirmed reports in local media, saying that continuing the artificial respiration would have constituted a case of pointless medical treatment and therefore a violation of medical ethics.

Doctors said there was no choice between life and death, but a matter of the treatment of a terminally ill patient. 

The man’s wife wanted to wait for a report by an independent expert in health law. She argued that the Lord, not doctors, should decide whether her husband would live or die.However, the judge ruled that the woman had failed to make plausible that the doctors’ intention to stop artificial respiration was wrong.  


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