Sheffield hospital in legal battle over drummer’s treatment

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A top judge has been asked to decide whether doctors in Sheffield can allow a terminally ill musician to die.

Lawyers for the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said the former drummer, aged in his 50s, had a condition which affected the nerves of the brain stem and would not recover.

They told Mr Justice Hayden, at a hearing in London’s Court of Protection today, the man had lost the ability to swallow, was immobile and could not communicate. They said specialists wanted permission not to resuscitate him if he suffered a cardiac arrest and not to give antibiotics if he developed a serious infection.

 

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