Sons lose fight to feed dy­ing dad with tube

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FOUR broth­ers have lost a fight to al­low their sick el­derly fa­ther to “nat­u­rally pass away” at home while they fed him through a tube.

Chelsea and West­min­ster Hos­pi­tal NHS Foun­da­tion Trust asked a judge to let medics stop giv­ing nutri­tion and hy­dra­tion to the man, in his 70s with “end stage de­men­tia.”

Doc­tors said he should be al­lowed to go home but said there was “no ben­e­fit” in sim­ply pro­long­ing his life through ar­ti­fi­cial feed­ing.

Mrs Jus­tice Parker ruled against the sons in the Court of Pro­tec­tion as their plan to feed him via a tube at home was “un­tried and untested”.

She said he could go home but only re­ceive pal­lia­tive care to make him ”com­fort­able.”

The judge was also told the sons had made “very se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions” against staff in­volved in his care.

COURT BAT­TLE The hos­pi­tal

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