07:17, February 23 399 0 theguardian.com

2018-02-23 07:17:04
Parents lose legal battle to keep brain-damaged UK baby on life support

Judges have denied the parents of the brain-damaged boy Isaiah Haastrup the right to appeal against a ruling allowing doctors to stop providing life support treatment to him.

Mr Justice MacDonald ruled last month that 12-month-old Isaiah should be allowed to die against his parents’ wishes.

Three appeal judges dismissed a challenge by Lanre Haastrup and Takesha Thomas, from Peckham in south-east London, on Friday at a court of appeal hearing in London.

MacDonald had overseen Isaiah’s case at a trial in the family division of the high court in January.

Specialists at King’s College hospital in south London said giving further intensive care treatment to Isaiah was “futile, burdensome and not in his best interests”.

They had asked MacDonald to give them the go-ahead to provide only palliative care. The boy’s parents wanted treatment to continue.

MacDonald ruled in favour of hospital bosses but said doctors should continue treating Isaiah until appeal judges had considered the case.