Case of the Week

The tragic case of Siamese twins joined by the lower abdomen reached the High Court this week, as Lord Justice Ward lost sleep over the dilemma which will see at least one of the twins die. The parents, who come from an eastern European Catholic community do not want surgeons to separate the twins as the operation will result in the death of the weaker one, Mary. But surgeons want to give Jodie, the stronger one, who is at the moment acting as a life support machine for Mary, a chance of survival. If they are not separated then the pair will live for only another three to six months. The case revolves around which option is ‘God’s will’. Last week, Ward suggested to the court that it may be God’s will that Mary should die because if she had been born as an independent being she would not have been capable of life.