“I know I decided I definitely didn’t want this but everyone’s entitled to change their mind.”
Meet Hannah Jones. She’s 14, and is recuperating at home having had a heart transplant.
She’s spent most of her life in and out of hospital because she had leukeamia, and that in turn caused her to develop a hole in her heart.
When she was told she would ned a transplant – that the operation was risky AND she’d need another heart in ten years, she decided she’d rather die at home.
A decision that led to legal action and a lot of praise from around the world.
Here’s what her father Andrew said at the time :
“Hannah made that decision consciously on her own, a bit like a grown up, even though she was only 12 at the time and she has maintained that decision.How she coped with it, what her mind was thinking at the time, I’ve got great admiration for her in that and, as I said, we have to support her and her decision.”
But Hannah changed her mind , as she is entitled to do, but some have argued that this is why decisions like this should be made only when people are older.
When are you old enough to decide to refuse treatment ? Should it always be a decision made by adults ?