Court allows coma woman to die

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The Independent Online
The Irish Supreme Court yesterday upheld the right of a family to let their daughter die after lying in a coma for more than 20 years.

The woman, now aged 45, sustained severe brain damage when her heart stopped during a routine operation at the age of 22. Since then she has been close to a permanent vegetative state and fed through a tube, although she has been able to recognise people at times.

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