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Funeral of woman taken off life support to take place today

The High Court ruled on St Stephen’s Day that doctors could withdraw life support for the woman.

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THE FUNERAL OF the woman at the centre of a right-to-die case over Christmas will take place today.

The High Court ruled on St Stephen’s Day that doctors could withdraw life support for the woman, who was brain dead after a severe trauma. She had been 15 weeks pregnant at the time.

A case was taken on behalf of the unborn, but the High Court was told that “from a medical viewpoint… there is no real prospect” of the foetus surviving.

The woman’s family – and the father of the unborn – wished for the current treatment to be stopped so they could lay her to rest.

The court paid tribute to the woman’s father and partner for their “immense courage and fortitude in dealing with the catastrophe”, one that was compounded by having to come to court to give evidence.

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