No resuscitation agreed in High Court coma case

Marucs Campbell. Pic: Please Save Marcus Campaign

Marucs Campbell. Pic: Please Save Marcus Campaign

The Croydon man, Marcus Campbell, in a coma in hospital will not be resuscitated if his condition deteriorates, his family have agreed with doctors in the High Court yesterday.

The man’s family and doctors from Croydon University Hospital reached the agreement after two independent experts gave evidence to the hearing.

The 22-year-old father of two, who has a rare brainstem inflammation and is in a coma, will be treated by the hospital whilst his condition remains the same.

The Trust also agreed to look into moving Campbell to another hospital after the family expressed their dissatisfaction with Croydon University Hospital.

Mr Justice Newton spoke of the agreement between the two families: “It seems to be that this is the right approach. I cannot engender trust that is not there, but I hope this is a new start.”

Please Save Marcus campaign at Royal Courts of Justice. Pic: Please Save Marcus Facebook page

Please Save Marcus campaign at Royal Courts of Justice. Pic: Please Save Marcus Facebook page

A post on the campaign’s Facebook page written by a representative of the family, said that the hearing addressed the issues of Campbell’s possible resuscitation, treatment of infections and whether he should be moved to another hospital “deemed suitable and appropriate”.

“I am ecstatic to announce that the court ordered in the family’s favour in regards to Marcus being treated and moved”

However, they said: “it was decided that Marcus would not be resuscitated (using CPR) due to the various implications and damage it would cause Marcus.” Two possible implications of CPR for Campbell in his condition would be broken ribs and heart failure.

“We have not yet completely won the fight as we still want Marcus to be moved and we will continue to reassess what care/treatment is in the best interest of Marcus”. They then thanked all their supporters and asked for the campaign to continue.

Campbell’s family initiated the campaign #pleassavemarcus, previously reported on by Eastlondonlines, which first aimed to revoke the hospital’s alleged decision not to resuscitate Campbell should his heart stop beating.

The campaign then focused on trying to move Campbell to a specialist hospital, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Bloomsbury.

As well having 876 followers on Twitter, the campaign has so far amassed 57,587 signatures on a petition and has fundraised just over £3,000 to assist with legal fees and the move to a different facility.

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