Court of Protection case tracker—2021

The following Private Client practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Court of Protection case tracker—2021
  • Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v AH & Ors (Serious Medical Treatment) [2021] EWCOP 51
  • Liverpool City Council v CMW [2021] EWCOP 50
  • A local Authority v P and CCG (Judgment on capacity) [2021] EWCOP 48
  • A, Re (COVID-19 vaccination) [2021] EWCOP 47
  • Southwark London Borough Council v P (by her litigation friend, the Official Solicitor) and others [2021] EWCOP 46
  • AB v HB & Anor [2021] EWCOP 45
  • A Local Authority v SE & Ors [2021] EWCOP 44
  • CB, Re [2021] EWCOP 43
  • KM, Re [2021] EWCOP 42
  • More...

Court of Protection case tracker—2021

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v AH & Ors (Serious Medical Treatment) [2021] EWCOP 51

Court of Protection finds it not to be in best interests of woman suffering severe and complex COVID-19 complications to be ventilated indefinitely.

This case concerns AH, a 56–year-old woman who has been an inpatient at Addenbrooke’s Hospital since the end of December 2020, where she was admitted, on an emergency basis, suffering with severe symptoms of COVID-19. AH’s case is reportedly one of the most complex COVID-19 cases seen in the world with AH’s severe reaction to the COVID-19 virus leaving her with permanent and extensive damage to her nerves, muscles and brain.

AH is currently in a critical care unit and is dependent on mechanical ventilation, continuous nursing care, nutrition and hydration delivered via a nasogastric tube, and various medications. Despite her dependence on life-sustaining treatment, AH is able to feel and show some degree of emotion, although she now predominately reveals pain and real distress. She also clearly sustains comfort from the presence of her children and appears to be able to derive peace from prayers from the Koran and has demonstrated some enjoyment of films shown to her on her iPad.

The central issue before the court is whether AH’s ventilatory support should continue. There is agreement between all the parties that AH lacks

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