Lawyer shocked by life support 'haste'

By June 16, 2015 Recent News

Northern Advocate 13 June 2015
A barrister attempting to delay the death of a 20-year-old on life support at Whangarei Hospital says he was ignored after being told by staff he was not a registered lawyer.
Auckland lawyer Simon Reeves has queried the “unseemly haste” with which the woman’s life support was turned off. She died before Mr Reeves could prepare an injunction ordering the hospital to keep the life-saving machines on.
Mr Reeves had been trying to intervene on behalf of a client whose daughter had been in the intensive care unit (ICU) for 24 hours after delivering a baby who died soon after its birth.
The family had been told by doctors they would switch off their daughter’s life support at 9pm on Wednesday.
At 7.30pm that evening Mr Reeves had received a call from the patient’s mother asking him to start an injunction process – or do anything he could to delay the switching off of life support.
The procedure went ahead at 9pm with what Mr Reeves described as “unseemly haste”.
The 20-year-old woman died soon after.