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In re Storar
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Storar had been retarded from birth and had a mental age of eighteen months, though he was fifty-two years old. He was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer. The lesions in his bladder were bleeding, and blood transfusions were required to keep him alive. His guardian (Defendant) was his mother, and she first consented to the transfusions, but later withdrew consent. The hospital (Plaintiff) petitioned for an order to authorize the transfusions. Storar was not capable of comprehending the purpose of the transfusions. The transfusions were painful, but Storar was sedated during the procedures. The petition was denied by the trial court and affirmed by the appellate division. The New York Court of Appeals granted review.
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