Frustrated Wife Begs Court For Permission to Let Her Brain-damaged Husband Die

A wife is going to court today to beg judges to let her brain-damaged policeman husband DIE - against the wishes of doctors.

A four day trial will decide this week if the life-support machine keeping Gulf War veteran Paul Briggs should be switched off.

The 43-year-old father from the Wirral suffered a severe brain injury in a motorcycle crash while working as a police officer in July last year.

The soldier-turned-policeman is left in a coma - in a minimally conscious state - in hospital for 17 months.

His family and friends argue he should be able to end his life with dignity.

Mr Briggs' wife Lindsey says that - given his current condition and long term prognosis - he would have wanted medical treatment to be withdrawn.

The Liverpool Echo reports he was treated for a bleed on the brain, five fractures in his spine, bruising to internal organs and several other severe injuries.

Mr Briggs is unable to speak, make any informed decisions or have any independent control of his body.

Mr Briggs and his wife Lindsey married in 2000 and have a daughter, Ella, who is now five.

Mathieu Culverhouse, a specialist lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, representing Mrs Briggs, said:

The time since Paul’s accident has been extremely difficult for Lindsey and Paul’s family and Lindsey just wants what is best for him. She firmly believes that the withdrawal of treatment is in Paul’s best interests given his previously expressed wishes, his injuries and his current condition and prognosis.

"We will continue to support Lindsey through the legal process as she continues to fight for Paul’s wishes and feelings to be respected and we will be asking the Court of Protection for treatment to be withdrawn based on all the available evidence Lindsey has received.

In July a novice driver, Chelsea Rowe, 26, was jailed for a year after her Nissan Micra - which she was driving on the wrong side of the road -collided with Mr Briggs as he rode his motorbike into work.

Specialist and expert assessments have been carried out to determine his condition and an independent doctor has diagnosed him as being in a “permanent vegetative state”.

It is believed he could live for up to nine years with treatment keeping him alive in his current minimally conscious condition, reports.