Name: “M” (Unknown).
Died: August 4, 2017.
Age at death: 50.
Cause of death: Involuntary euthanasia.
Disability: Huntington’s disease, minimally conscious state.
This woman, only known as “M.”, was in a minimally conscious state due to advanced Huntington’s disease. Her mother and the doctors at her hospital decided that she would be better off dead, so they removed her feeding tube and M. died of starvation and dehydration. Responding to this case, a judge ruled that in the future, families and doctors of UK patients in minimally conscious states can remove their feeding tubes, causing them to die, without having to obtain permission by court order.
Perpetrator: Her mother; doctors at her hospital.
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