When parents decide to turn off life support

Issue in spotlight after recent cases involving British children

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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 When parents decide to turn off life support. Subscribe