his wife; she was taken to hospital and put on a life support machine, but
suffered two heart failures. After ten days she had suffered irretrievable
brain damage and the doctors switched off the machine.
D's act could be regarded as the cause of V's death, and D was convicted
of murder. The doctors' decision did not break the chain of causation.
medical treatment given is the best available, there can be little
argument about such a principle, but it has been extended to cover
treatment which is clearly deficient.
obvious policy considerations here: the judges do not want
wrongdoers to escape the consequences of their crimes, nor do they want
the courts clogged with endless medical debates as to whether the
treatment given in a particular case was the best possible.