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Bouvia v. Superior Court
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Elizabeth Bouvia (Plaintiff) suffered from cerebral palsy and arthritis. She slowly lost the use of her body to the point that she could no longer use her limbs. She lived off government assistance in a public hospital. Plaintiff wished to die and refused food. Medical personnel responded by feeding and hydrating her through a stomach tube inserted through her nose. She sought an injunction compelling removal of the tube. The trial court found that Plaintiff could live indefinitely in her state, not being terminally ill, and denied the injunction. Plaintiff appealed, petitioning for a writ of mandamus.
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