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Cathy

Cathy's 16 year old brother, Matty, was severely brain injured when he was hit by a car. Emergency interventions and surgery meant Matty survived, but he was left in a permanent vegetative state. He was eventually allowed to die eight years later after artificial nutrition and hydration was withdrawn.

  • Background

    Married, mother of one son, works in the Book industry.

  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Cathy

    Cathy's 16 year old brother, Matty, was severely brain injured when he was hit by a car. Emergency interventions and surgery meant Matty survived, but he was left in a permanent vegetative state. He was eventually allowed to die eight years later after artificial nutrition and hydration was withdrawn.

  • Background

    Married, mother of one son, works in the Book industry.

  • Sex/Gender Female
  • David and Olivia

    In 2008, at the age of 53, David's mother had a brain haemorrhage and never regained consciousness. She was eventually diagnosed as being in a permanent vegetative state. In 2013 the Court of Protection declared that it was lawful and in her best interests to have artificial nutrition and hydration withdrawn. She died later that year.

  • Background

    David (aged 35) is the patient’s son and Olivia (aged 36) is David’s wife. They were the main family carers after David’s mother had a brain haemorrhage. David is self-employed...

  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Helen

    Helen is 57, she had one daughter and twin sons. In 2006, her sixteen-year old twin-sons were involved in a car crash which left one, Christopher, in a coma. He was placed on a ventilator and underwent a craniotomy. Helen was told within days that he was very unlikely ever to recover. The consultant who operated on him commented: we threw everything at him, including the kitchen sink, maybe we shouldn't have.

  • Background

    In 2006, at the age of 16, Helen’s son, Christopher, was severely injured in a car accident. He was eventually diagnosed as being in a permanent vegetative state and died...

  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Gunars and Margaret

    In 2008, at the age of 53, Gunars sister, A', had a brain haemorrhage and never regained consciousness. She was eventually diagnosed as being in a permanent vegetative state. In 2013 the Court of Protection declared that it was lawful and in A's best interests to have artificial nutrition and hydration withdrawn. She died later that year.

  • Background

    At the time of the injury Margaret was a long-term friend of Gunars and has since become his partner. Gunars (aged 61) was a senior local government manager and Margaret...

  • Sex/Gender Male