Judge has been asked to rule on treatment for brain-damaged pensioner
Health authority bosses have asked Mr Justice Hayden to consider whether continuing “active” treatment is in best interests of the man – who is in his 80s.
The judge is analysing the case at a public hearing in the Court of Protection – where judges consider issues relating to people who lack the mental capacity to take decisions – in London.
He is examining evidence from medical experts and members of the man's family at a hearing which started on Monday and is due to end later this week.
The pensioner was left with brain damage after suffering a heart attack while walking in a street
Experts say the pensioner has suffered “catastrophic” brain damage and is unlikely to recover.
Mr Justice Hayden says the pensioner cannot be identified.
Bosses at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, which is based in Port Talbot and has responsibility for the man's care, have asked the judge to make decisions about treatment.
Judge is examining evidence from medical experts and members of the man's family
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The judge was last year asked to rule that life-support treatment should stop.
But members of the man's family asked for videos to be taken – and suggested that footage revealed hopeful signs.
Mr Justice Hayden subsequently agreed to more assessments being carried out.