UK judge rules seriously ill teen lacks mental competence to seek experimental treatment

Catholic News Agency, Kevin J. Jones:

A 19-year-old U.K. woman with a rare disease wants to seek experimental treatment abroad, but a judge has ruled that she is not competent to make decisions about her treatment. The ruling could result in withdrawing treatment, following her doctors’ wishes.

The woman, known anonymously as “ST” for legal reasons, is dying from a progressively degenerative mitochondrial disorder, The Telegraph reported. Though ST has wanted to go to Canada to pursue experimental treatment, a judge agreed with an unnamed National Health Service trust’s doctors and ruled that she is unable to make decisions for herself. Report is here.