- Aug 21, 2003
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- Chattanooga, TN
updated 2:16 p.m. ET, Tues., Nov. 11, 2008
LONDON - Hannah Jones, 13, is not afraid of dying she is afraid of spending her remaining days in a hospital bed.
In a case that raises a host of medical and ethical issues, the British teenager from a small town northwest of London has won a battle to refuse a heart transplant operation.
That decision by British medical authorities has ignited a debate over whether children should have the right to refuse potentially lifesaving medical treatments or if health authorities have an obligation to intervene.
She won her case and isn't having the operation. It's brave but in a sad way. One wonders if the authorities have the right to intervene in this situation because she is a minor (under British Law)?
One hopes she will be able to live her dream of visiting Disneyland before she dies. Just have to find an insurance company with enough heart to cover her.