Polish Clinic Wants to Care for Catholic Man in Life-Support Dispute

WARSAW, Poland — A specialist clinic in Poland said Tuesday it is ready to admit and treat a Pole who is at the center of a life-support dispute in Britain.

The middle-aged man, identified only as R.S., was removed from life support treatment after a British court agreed Monday with an earlier ruling that ending such treatment was in the best interests of the man.

The man’s wife and children said he should be allowed to die, but his mother, sisters and niece argued that the man’s Catholic faith meant he wouldn’t have wanted his life terminated.

They have appealed previous similar decisions to British courts and to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, but the pleas have been rejected.

The man, a British resident for years, remains in a coma at a Plymouth hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest of some 45 minutes on Nov. 6. Doctors say his brain has been severely and permanently damaged.


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