03:06, March 08 366 0 theguardian.com

2018-03-08 03:06:04
Brain-damaged baby Isaiah Haastrup has died, his father says

Isaiah Haastrup, the profoundly brain-damaged baby boy at the centre of a right-to-life legal battle, has died, his father has said.

Doctors removed him from life-support on Wednesday after a last-resort appeal to the European court of human rights (ECHR) was refused on Tuesday. He received palliative care only after his extubation.

His father, Lanre Haastrup, and mother, Takesha Thomas, both 36, from south London, had unsuccessfully fought an application by King’s College Hospital to withdraw life-sustaining treatment from their son, aged one, who had been on life support since birth.

A high court judge ruled on 29 January it was in Isaiah’s best interests for treatment to be withdrawn. Doctors said he could not move or breathe independently and had profoundly depressed consciousness after suffering catastrophic brain damage through being deprived of oxygen at birth,

His parents were denied permission to appeal to the court of appeal, and an 11th hour appeal to the ECHR was ruled inadmissible on Tuesday.

Treatment was withdrawn at 1pm on Wednesday, according to Isaiah’s father, and he died shortly before 8pm.

Haastrup told the Guardian: “Isaiah was extubated at 1pm and breathed on his own till 7.50pm before he died. This was completely different from the three minutes the experts told the court he will only breathe due to his injury.

“He demonstrated that he wanted to live and can breathe on his own, and could have been weaned off the ventilator. I am so proud of him”.