Australian court rules to turn off man's life support against family wishes

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A judge in Australia has ruled that a hospital can remove a man from life support against his family's wishes.

Paulo Melo suffered brain and spinal injuries in a car accident two weeks ago. His family had obtained a temporary injunction preventing the hospital from switching off a life support system. But a judge rejected their application for an extension.

The man's sister says her brother has begun responding to his family by moving his eyes and head. She says the family needs more time to fly in a neurosurgeon to assess the 29-year-old in person and give a second opinion.

The judge said the family had not provided any medical evidence Melo would recover and the case appeared "futile."

Outside the court, the man's sobbing mother told reporters, "They are going to kill my son."


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