Life support treatment to end for ‘most complicated Covid patient in world’


The grandmother, who is in her fifties, has been left brain-damaged and permanently paralysed, and while her family says she should be given more time, a judge has ruled that life-support treatment can end

A judge has ruled that the life-support of a British grandmother should be stopped despite her family wanting it to continue
A judge has ruled that the life-support of a British grandmother should be stopped despite her family wanting it to continue

A judge has ruled that the life-support of a British grandmother who was hospitalised with coronavirus should be stopped despite her family wanting it to continue.

The woman in her fifties has been described by doctors as the most complicated Covid patient in the world, and has been left brain-damaged and paralysed from the neck down after contracting the virus.

Specialists treating the woman at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, had told a judge that life-support treatment should end, despite her family’s insistence she should be given more time.

The patient, described only as AH in court papers, has not been publicly named to protect her privacy.

Mrs Justice Theis has now ruled that life-support treatment can end, and that the woman can be allowed to die, after reconsidering arguments.

The patient, described only as AH in court papers, has not been publicly named to protect her privacy
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Last week, she examined up-to-date evidence at a hearing in the Court of Protection, where issues relating to people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions are considered, over two days in London.

Another judge had originally considered the case at a hearing in the Court of Protection in August.

Mr Justice Hayden also concluded that life-support treatment should end and ruled that the woman should be allowed to die.

The woman’s adult children challenged his ruling in the Court of Appeal.

Appeal judges upheld their challenge and said the case should be reheard – Mrs Justice Theis then oversaw a second Court of Protection trial.

The news comes as the UK faces a new challenge in dealing with the Omicron variant
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Relatives told Mrs Justice Theis that in the past four months they had seen a “bubblier” person and someone who was “more alert and aware”.

But specialists treating her said she had deteriorated since August.

The news comes as the UK faces a new challenge in dealing with the Omicron variant, and as new rules for testing come into force.

Anyone who has come into contact with a Covid-19 case must now use a lateral flow test for seven days instead of isolating – although they are not available on the government website.

The government insisted on Monday that there was no shortage of kits as ‘ample supplies’ exist it shops.

Yet on Tuesday morning a new message on the gov.uk website said 111, 119 and 999 did not have access to any more tests – as well as none being available for home deliveries.

Boris Johnson reiterated that home test kits were available at pharmacies when he was challenged over the message on the website.

He said: “They can get those tests, we do have a ready supply of lateral flow tests.

“If you can’t get one online for any reason, then there are ample supplies in the shops. But what I think, if I may say so, what that also shows is that people are doing the sensible thing, and getting tests as well.”

On Monday, the UK Health Security Agency said that “due to exceptionally high demand, ordering lateral flow tests on gov.uk has been temporarily suspended to fulfil existing orders”.

It also was revealed today that there are no PCR Covid test slots left available anywhere across England.

The government website says there are no PCR tests – the gold standard of coronavirus tests – available to the general public at walk-in and drive-in test sites across the country.

The booking site said there are “none available” at every region in England while some slots are still available at sites in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

PCR test kits which are posted to people’s homes, usually arriving the following day, are available, the website claims.

The public are being advised to try again later if they cannot get a test.

Tests will not be available through helplines, the website added.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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