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Penny Booth: "A very complex area"

Date:25 MAY 2010

"A very complex area"

Penny BoothLast week there was a very sad story of loss in the papers which raises again the issue of minors and consent and this whole rather delicate area of who can give consent in medical treatment where children are concerned. Joshua McCauley was only 15 when he was hit by a car in a traffic accident on 18 May 2010. The car is reported to have crashed into a shop and Joshua was crushed beneath it sustaining terrible injuries only survivable if invasive treatment worked. Taken to hospital the boy reportedly refused a blood transfusion and died the same day.

As a parent you never want your children to get hurt and if they are you (naturally) want the best treatment for them and you hope that you never have to make life and death decisions; as lawyers you want the best decision...

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