In a high profile case that was reported nationally and internationally the family of Mrs G agreed a settlement of £45,000 for Mrs G’s suffering.

Mrs G had completed an advance directive confirming that she did not wish to receive treatment if she suffered several specific medial conditions, including a severe stroke.  The directive was filed with the hospital and added to her notes.  Some years later Mrs G suffered such a stroke and was unable to effectively communicate.  She received medical treatment to keep her alive (include surgery to feed her through a PEG) for a period of 22 months before the original advance directive was discovered in her records.  Following discussions with her family at that time, Mrs G was allowed to die around one week later.  The level of damages reflects the aggravated nature of the treatment of Mrs G and the imposition on her human rights.