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Judge sides with doctors over premature baby

The parents of premature baby Charlotte Wyatt have lost their legal challenge to force doctors to ventilate their daughter if she needs it. The family are represented by leading Human Rights solicitor, Richard Stein.

Charlotte Wyatt

8 October 2004

A High Court judge has announced today that doctors treating the premature baby Charlotte Wyatt do not need to ventilate her if she stops breathing.

The case was heard at the beginning of the week and it has taken the Judge, Mr Justice Hedley, until today to make his decision.

The doctors at St. Mary’s hospital, Portsmouth have argued that Charlotte’s life would be dominated by suffering. Charlotte was born three months premature and weighing only one pound. She has never left hospital and has already stopped breathing several times due to serious heart and lung problems.

Richard Stein, human rights solicitor at Leigh Day & Co, is representing the family:

“As you will appreciate, Darren and Debbie Wyatt are extremely upset following the judgment handed down this afternoon. They have no comment to make at present.

They have asked me to say that they feel it was most important that the issues in the case have been aired in public because, as a result, everyone has had an opportunity to consider the extremely difficult issues faced by them and the numerous other families in similar positions.

They do not intend to appeal against the decision.

They have also asked me to pass on their thanks to members of the public for all their support.”

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