When parents decide to turn off life support

Issue in spotlight after recent cases involving British children

Her parents did not want to give up on her, even though the 16-year-old had an incurable neurodegenerative condition and had been hooked up to life-support machines at home for more than five years.

So when she had a bout of chest infections two years ago that led to her organs failing, they persisted in treating her, and she stayed for almost a month in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 03, 2018, with the headline 'Life support: To switch off or not?'. Print Edition | Subscribe