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Vegetative state woman may die

7th December 2006

The woman in a persistent vegetative state at the centre of a legal row will now be allowed to die, following a High Court ruling.

The unnamed woman underwent an experimental treatment against her family’s wishes following presentations by the Official Solicitor doctors.

The High Court had previously ruled with the medics, saying she should be given a three-day course of the sleeping pill, zolpidem, which could potentially have woken her up.

Research has shown the drug can bring people out of a vegetative state, but her family feared she may be left seriously disabled and wanted to let her die.

But the 53-year-old, who has been in a PVS for four years, failed to respond and doctors will now be allowed to withdraw life-sustaining care.

The woman had suffered a brain haemorrhage while on holiday in August 2003.

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