A has cerebral palsy. Because of the risk that he might choke on his food, the NHS trust responsible for his care refused to allow his carers to feed him orally. Instead he was fed through a tube directly into his stomach. Despite the risk he wished to be able on occasions to eat normally and to enjoy his food. Relying on Article 8 (respect for the person) Liberty persuaded a specially established ethical panel to agree to his request.
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