Monday, 23 March 2009

Couple's distress at baby ruling

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The parents of a seriously ill baby have said they are "deeply distressed" by a court ruling allowing him to die.
They said they planned to "enjoy what little time" they had left with their "beautiful and beloved boy".
He has a rare metabolic disorder and has suffered brain damage and major respiratory failure.
The parents failed to overturn an earlier ruling and it is understood doctors will stop treating the nine-month-old within 24 hours.
"Belief in his humanity" was the reason they had fought the medical advice that he should be allowed to die, they said.
'Life is worthwhile'
Two appeal judges have upheld a High Court ruling which gives doctors at an unnamed NHS trust powers to turn off the ventilator keeping "baby OT" alive.
There is no further avenue of appeal for the parents.
The couple had sought to appeal against a judge's ruling on Thursday that it was in the boy's best interests to withdraw his "life sustaining treatment".
In a statement, they said they knew of only one other child with their son's condition and everyone was in "unknown territory".

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