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Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust v WV [2022] EWCOP 9: The Court of Protection: On balancing risks; best interests and kidney transplantation

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posted on 2022-10-06, 00:27 authored by Neera BhatiaNeera Bhatia
At first glance, this case might give the impression that a resolution would have been straightforward. A 17-yearold young man with moderate to severe learning disabilities and other conditions discussed below required a kidney transplant–the Court of Protection was tasked with determining whether this was in his best interests. However, the case of WV was in fact far more technical and required nuanced discussion and expert medical evidence from a range of specialists to objectively balance the needs of WV and the risks to WV, and to ultimately determine his fate of life or death based on receiving a kidney transplant. Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (“The Trust”) applied for a declaration in relation to the capacity of William Verdon (“WV”) and for the court to consider whether an order should be made that it was not in his best interests to have a kidney transplant with sedation and ventilation post-operatively.

History

Journal

Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

Volume

19

Pagination

357-361

Location

Berlin, Germany

ISSN

1176-7529

eISSN

1872-4353

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Publisher

Springer