Hannah, terminally-ill girl wins transplant battle

November 11th, 2008 - 6:38 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

strongHannah Jones, 13, terminally ill teenager won a legal battle against Herefordshire hospital’s attempt to force her to have a life-saving heart operation against her will./strong

Herefordshire Primary Care Trust finally dropped a High Court case after a child protection officer said Hannah Jones was adamant she did not want surgery.

Hannah has been managing to convince this officer that this was a decision she had made on her own and she had thought it through, transplant might not work for her or if it did, would be followed by constant medication anyhow.

The hold in Hannah’s heart was caused and developed by a doses of a high-strength drug designed given by doctors to kill the infection after being diagnosed with a rare form leukaemia when she was only 5 year-old.

She has been told by the doctors that operation would be only her long-term solution for survival but she decided against the surgery, saying she wants to die with dignity surrounded by family and friends.

However, the decision not to have the transplant means Hannah may have just another six months to live.

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