LONDON, October 5, 2001 ( – The High Court in England has allowed doctors to withdraw nutrition and hydration from a woman who has been in a coma since September 2000. The 45-year-old woman was a lawyer who suffered brain damage after choking on her own vomit following a minor operation. A doctor claimed in court that the euthanasia was supported by the family.

Family Division President Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss said “She would want to die in peace and dignity and not to persist in the twilight limbo in which she exists at the moment … She expressed strong views during her life that if she was to be found in this situation she should not be kept alive.” The judge also ruled that neither the woman’s name nor the hospital or staff connected with her should be identified.

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