Brian Cuthbertson, et al. v. Hassan Rasouli (December 10, 2012)
Case # 34362
This case concerns issues surrounding the withdrawal of life-sustaining medical treatment.
The respondent, Mr. Rasouli, has been in a coma since October 2010.
The appellants, who are his physicians, seek to withdraw life-sustaining treatment and to administer palliative care.
The respondent’s substitute decision-maker refuses to consent to withdrawing life-sustaining treatment.
The appellants acknowledge that they require consent to administer palliative care.
The appellants believe that they do not need consent to withdraw life-sustaining measures that are no longer medically indicated.
At issue is whether the appellants need consent or a determination from the Consent and Capacity Board that ending life support is in Rasouli’s best interests.