Oct. 11, 2009 (United Press International) -- A woman says she rescued her 80-year-old mother from starving to death in Hastings, England, under a National Health Service end-of-life protocol.
Christine Ball, 42, said she fought for weeks with staff members at Conquest hospital in Hastings to have her mother, Hazel Fenton, removed from a plan used by NHS officials to ease the suffering of dying patients, The Sunday Times of London reported.
"My mother was going to be left to starve and dehydrate to death," Ball said. "It really is a subterfuge for legalized euthanasia of the elderly on the NHS."
After being admitted to the hospital with pneumonia on Jan. 11, hospital medics determined Fenton only had days to live and stopped providing the elderly woman with artificial feeding and antibiotics as part of the care plan.
The Sunday Times said Ball eventually convinced doctors to resume artificial feeding for her mother and the senior citizen was later relocated to a nursing home.
"Patients' needs are assessed before they are placed on the (plan). Daily reviews are undertaken by clinicians whenever possible," an unidentified East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust spokesman said regarding the controversial plan.
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