Re E (Medical treatment: Anorexia) [2012] EWHC 1639 (COP), [2012] MHLO 55

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"E is a 32-year-old woman who suffers from extremely severe anorexia nervosa, and other chronic health conditions. On 18 May 2012, an urgent application was made to the Court of Protection by her local authority, which was concerned that her position should be investigated and protected. E's death was imminent. She was refusing to eat, and was taking only a small amount of water. She was being looked after in a community hospital under a palliative care regime whose purpose was to allow her to die in comfort. ... I found that E lacked capacity to make a decision about life-sustaining treatment and declared that it was in her best interests to be fed against her wishes with all that this entails." [Summary required.]

Citations

[2012] All ER (D) 96 (Jun)

External links

BAILII!

COP Cases Online - summary

Daniel Sokol, '"As hard as it gets": the case of anorexic E and the right to die' (Guardian, 19/6/12)