The principle of the sanctity of human life and the presumption in favour of prolonging it is not irrebuttable1, but English law, as it stands at present, places a very heavy burden on those who advocate a course which would lead inevitably to the cessation of a human life2. The mere prolongation of the life of a persistent vegetative state patient3, with no hope of any recovery, is not necessarily in his best interests; and where those treating him are of the opinion, on all the evidence, that his best interests lie in not artificially prolonging his life, they
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