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R v Re A (conjoined twins)

[2000] 4 All ER 961

Case summary last updated at 15/01/2020 07:07 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case R v Re A (conjoined twins)

M and J were Siamese twins. J was normal in every respect bar his conjunction to his twin M who had no long tissue and brain problems, who would die in a matter of months. The trial judge ruled that simply removing the blood supply that J was supplying to keep M alive was comparable to the case of NHS Trust v Bland. The parents appealed but their appeal was dismissed given that the children’s welfare would be best served by the separation (J would get a normal life and M would be saved months of painful, degenerative existence). 

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