n South African Medical Journal - Overturning refusal of a hospital to terminate life support for a brain-dead mother until the fetus was born : what is the law in South Africa? : forum - medicine and the law
|Article Title||Overturning refusal of a hospital to terminate life support for a brain-dead mother until the fetus was born : what is the law in South Africa? : forum - medicine and the law|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 University of KwaZulu-Natal|
|Publication Date||Aug 2014|
|Pages||553 - 554|
In a Texas case the court granted a husband an order for the removal of life support from his brain-dead pregnant wife after a hospital tried to keep her on it until the fetus was born. In South Africa the court would have issued a similar order, but for different reasons. Here, unlawfully and intentionally subjecting a pregnant corpse to life-support measures to keep a fetus alive against the wishes of the family would amount to the crime of violating a corpse.
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