Wired PR News.com – A 13 year-old girl in Britain has decided to refuse to have a heart transplant after weighing all of the possible outcomes of the surgery. As reported by TIME, Hannah Jones reached the decision after becoming aware that the operation did not come with the promise of curing her condition, and could potentially lead to immediate death and further health complications down the road. She has spent years battling leukemia, a diagnosis she received when she was only four years old. The young girl made what professionals said was a rational decision to spend the time doctors said she had left at home with her family.
Jones was quoted as stating “It’s hard, at 13, to know I’m going to die… but I also know what’s best for me.” The young teenager’s choice did, however, raise concerns by one doctor who reported her case to child protective services. After a battle to protect her right to refuse the potentially life saving treatment, British courts ruled in her favor.
To her decision, Hannah’s father stated “We were as low as it’s possible to get, but I just didn’t feel able to influence her. My wife and I agreed that whatever Hannah wanted, we would support her.”