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An anorexic woman will now almost certainly die after a judge ruled she cannot be force fed.
Doctors have been given permission to allow an anorexic woman to starve herself to death after a judge ruled that force feeding her in order to keep her alive was “not in her best interests.”
The woman, a 29-year-old, who weighs just 19 kilos or about 41 pounds, has suffered from anorexia since she was 12-years-old and has spent 90 percent of her life in the hospital since she was 14-years-old.
While she said she does not want to die, the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, refuses to eat due to a morbid fear to put on any weight.
Instead of forcing her to consume enough calories to improve her health, an NHS Trust has given permission to let her die of hunger because they believe that forcing her to gain weight goes against her wishes.
The woman, referred to in court as 'L', will now die in the coming weeks.
The landmark ruling yesterday was attended by the parents of the woman, who did not oppose the order. The parents said: "We just want our daughter to die without suffering distress."