Sons lose fight to feed dying dad with tube
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