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Tony Bland: (1970–1993) Liverpool FC fan who was injured during the Hillsborough disaster who entered a persistent vegetative state. A legal case brought to the judicial committee of the House of Lords (now the UK Supreme Court) allowed the hospital with the support of Bland's family to withdraw the life support machine keeping Bland alive. Bland became the first patient to be allowed to die under this change in English law.
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- Hillsborough disaster : Add brief definition or description
- Medical ethics : The study of moral values as they apply to medicine.
- Persistent vegetative state : Vegetative state refers to the neurocognitive status of individuals with severe brain damage, in whom physiologic functions (sleep-wake cycles, autonomic control, and breathing) persist, but awareness (including all cognitive function and emotion) is abolished.
- Airedale NHS Trust v. Bland : 1993 English legal case that allowed withdrawal of treatment for patients in a persistent vegetative state.