Applications by the P's husband that it was in her best interests for her to be taken off palliative care until there had been a full investigation and definitive diagnosis of the cause of her deterioration since 2012 and that she be given artificial feeding by way of PNT nutrition until she can eat enough to keep her alive. The applications were refused.
In July 2008, the P suffered a grade 5 subarachnoid haemorrhage - a stroke - with accompanying hydrocephalus and thereafter suffered from other conditions such as severe pneumonia and linked kidney infection and sepsis. Artificial nutrition was withdrawn and the P was put on palliative care. The P's husband applied for various orders including the resumption of artificial nutrition.
The applications were refused. The court did not consider it to be in the P's best interests in the circumstances she currently is in to be given artificial feeding by way of intravenous nutrition.
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