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Mom wins legal fight for kid’s kidney transplant

A woman has won a court struggle to ensure that her adolescent son receives a possibly life-saving transplant.

The news: Ami McLennan, of Lancaster, had contended that a transplant was William’s only hope, and that he would only have 12 months to live if he didn’t get one.

  • The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital said that his autism made the operation and follow-up care too dangerous. However, a judge has determined that the kid should be allowed to get the surgery.
  • Justice Emma Arbuthnot, who presided over the case in the Court of Protection in Liverpool, said she had placed herself in “William’s shoes”. 

What’s going on: William, who has autism, ADHD, and learning impairments, was found not to have the mental competence to make such a significant decision about his future, according to the court.

  • His mother, on the other hand, stated they should never have had to “fight this,” but that “now we have a chance.”
  • “William’s situation is quite precarious. It could be the difference between life and death for someone. All we’ve ever wanted is for him to be put on the transplant list and for his therapy to be continued until a donor can be identified,” she further stated. 

What are they saying: “I have no doubt he wants to live a life with his family’s support and that he wants to play ‘kerbie’ for a long time,” Justice Emma Arbuthnot said.

  • She went on to say that despite the numerous risks associated with a transplant, it was the only option to ensure William’s long-term survival.
  • Her decision came after a four-day hearing in which professionals involved in William’s treatment, as well as specialists representing the hospital and his family, testified.
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