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Irish court OKs lifting life support for pregnant brain-dead woman
Irish court OKs lifting life support for pregnant brain-dead woman

An Irish High Court ruled Friday that a brain-dead woman’s life support can be turned off even though she is 18 weeks pregnant. A panel of three judges made the landmark ruling after hearing emotional testimony from the patient’s father, her partner and numerous medical experts. Family members had appealed to the court to allow their loved one to die with dignity and bring an “extremely distressful” situation to an end. In their decision, the judges described the case as “tragic and unfortunate” and said continuing to keep the patient alive artificially “would deprive her of dignity.” It would also “subject her father, her partner...

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