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US News Life support for brain-damaged baby can end, court rules

13:15  14 february  2020
13:15  14 february  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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A HIGH Court judge has today ruled a brain - damaged baby boy's life support can be turned off. Four-month-old Midrar Ali's parents have been Medics treating Midrar at St Mary's Hospital said three tests, including one conducted independently, confirmed brain stem death in the tot - who was

Karwan (left) and Shokhan Ali, the parents of three-month-old Midrar Ali, arrives ahead of a hearing at The Family Court in Preston © Getty Karwan (left) and Shokhan Ali, the parents of three-month-old Midrar Ali, arrives ahead of a hearing at The Family Court in Preston Doctors can stop providing life-support treatment to brain-damaged baby Midrar Ali, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Three appeal judges have upheld last month's High Court ruling that found it is in Midrar's best interests to halt the treatment so he could have a "kind and dignified death".

The four-month-old is said to have suffered brain stem death after being starved of oxygen during complications at birth, and was placed on a ventilator.

  Life support for brain-damaged baby can end, court rules © Getty Bosses at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester later said Midrar should be taken off the life-support treatment in a decision that was upheld by a ruling by Mrs Justice Lieven at the Family Division of the High Court in January.

Mrs Lieven said at the time she believed the medical evidence she analysed was clear and consistent, and said she had "no doubt" that Midrar was brain dead.

But Midrar's parents, who live in Manchester, want to the ventilation to continue, having maintained that he was still growing and that doctors could not be certain his condition would not improve.

In response to the ruling on Friday, Midrar's father Karwan Ali, a biomedical scientist, said the result was "just terrible".

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