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However, it is not illegal to withdraw life support or other treatments if the patient or a next of kin requests for it.
The case finally wound its way to the Supreme Court of Canada, where the justices ruled last October--three years after Rasouli went into the coma--that doctors cannot "unilaterally determine" to withdraw life support against a family's wishes.
13) The Chief Justice specifically noted that the common law remains unsettled as to whether consent is required to withdraw life support.
However, the NHS trust responsible for the care of Baby I, wished to withdraw life support arguing "there was no chance to recovery or improvement to his health".
The court said that the King Edward Memorial hospital in Mumbai -- where Aruna has been for 37 years and which has opposed the mercy killing plea -- could in future seek permission to withdraw life support if it changed its mind.
A decision was made to withdraw life support in Morriston Hospital two days after the accident as doctors diagnosed brain stem death.
The Hospital argued that the role of the court was limited to determining whether the medical team had the right to decide to withdraw life support and whether it had taken appropriate investigative steps.
One patient needed a reoperation for bleeding and subsequently developed renal and cardiac failure; the family elected to withdraw life support.
There were several times that we had family meetings with the neonatologists about whether we would continue to keep them on the ventilator or whether we wanted to withdraw life support - especially for little Edwin," Rapa said.
Critics also worry about autoresuscitation, and about the recovery of organs being the impetus for, or a factor in, the decision to withdraw life support.
The reasons to withhold or withdraw life support often relate to a judgement that ongoing treatment has become futile due to poor prognosis of the acute disease, failure to respond to the medical therapy, or severe underlying chronic diseases with poor quality of life before ICU admission (3,4).
The use of technology to prolong life will be expected and accepted, but making a decision to withdraw life support based on a determination of brain death is not an acceptable idea.
Doctors are expected to apply to the High Court in the next few weeks to withdraw life support for Tom, who is in the Royal Hospital for Neurodisability in Putney, south London.
He suffered multiple organ failure 4 days after genetically altered viruses were injected into his liver, and his family decided to withdraw life support.